High school juniors from all over northwest Ohio gathered in Ada on Saturday for a little community service. As a result, many people drove away with clean cars, and Ada's fire trucks are now spotless inside and out.
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, or HOBY seminar is made up of high school students, who are looking to develop their leadership skills and apply those skills in their every day life. Marisa Stephens drove all the way from Tiffin this morning for her experience. She spent much of her day cleaning the fire engines and mulching the grounds. While she doubted the effectiveness of the program at first, she now sings a different tune.
Marisa and others who took part in Saturday's community service events, will have the opportunity to return next year and serve as a facilitator, just as Mariah Moore did this year.
While the firefighters are thankful for the efforts of HOBY, many of them also are happy to see an organization that allows area teens to grow.
With their days coming to an end, students are not going home empty handed, they are going home with leadership skills, knowing they served the Ada community and its residents.