Arcanum-Butler serves community with 11th Annual Serve Arcanum

We are blessed to live in this community where people take care of each other ... John Stephens, Arcanum-Butler Superintendent

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Arcanum-Butler Superintendent John Stephens works with freshmen boys in sprucing up Arcanum at school’s 11th Annual Serve Arcanum work day. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ARCANUM – Arcanum-Butler High School held its 11th Annual Serve Arcanum from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this past Friday under the direction of High School Principal Ty Cates.

The students were not hindered throughout the morning despite the threat of rain, which was intermittent light rain throughout the morning hours.

Many Arcanum High School students work at the Opera House in downtown Arcanum on Serve Arcanum day. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Despite a little bit of rain and weather, we’re out and doing the job,” said Arcanum-Butler Superintendent John Stephens. “We have close to 60 jobs this year and a great opportunity to help our community.”

Arcanum-Butler Serve Arcanum day volunteer. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“I’m here with my son and his buddies, freshmen, and it’s their first time getting to take part in this,” he continued. “They’ve heard about it, as we’ve done it for several years now. They get to see the joy as we are helping people who maybe find it a little challenging to get out and do the work, and these boys can knock it out here pretty quickly.”

The students used the day away from the classrooms to serve the community while bringing smiles to many residents of Arcanum.

Arcanum football coach Matt Macy and members of the Trojans football team give of their time at Serve Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Our students get a chance to give back to the great community that donates and does so much for us,” said Arcanum High School Principal Ty Cates. “It’s good to learn how to give without getting anything in return. These are good life lessons for our kids, a good chance to talk to other people, connect, learn to communicate with other people, and a good day to get some hard work and sweat in; it’s good for them.”

With the Arcanum students standing next in line as the future leaders of our communities, states, and nations, Arcanum-Butler is leading the way by pointing the way.

Arcanum High School students work on the Opera House exterior at Serve Arcanum day. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“These are our future leaders, and we are happy to guide them along the way,” Stephens said. We always want to be servants and show servant leadership in our community, and we know the importance of serving our community, so this is a great day to do it.”

“We are blessed to live in this community where people take care of each other,” added Stephens. “We want to make sure that whether our kids return to the Arcanum community or they take this mindset, they take what they’ve learned, and wherever they go in life, they apply that—that’s what we hope for, and if we can do our little bit, that’s wonderful.”

Arcanum students in residential area of the communiyt at Serve Arcanum day. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“It takes a community, it takes a village to raise kids, and we all work together to make Arcanum look nice, and we take pride in that,” Cates concluded.

Arcanum High School Students volunteer at Serve Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum-Butler High School Serve Arcanum day 2024. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

 

Arcanum HS students work at a home in Arcanum on Serve Arcanum day. (Gaylen Blosser photo)