When you think back to high school, what did your four years look like?
Were you on the sidelines cheering on your team every Friday night? Maybe you attended every brightly colored school dance with your friends by your side?
As one high school senior graduates next week, she’ll look back at four years that were not so typical.
“I’ve grown up in a family where volunteering was built into us. It’s always to help the community. It’s not about yourself. You want to help the community as much as you can,” said St. John Central HS senior Francesca Moore.
Over the past four years, Francesca Moore has volunteered nearly 1500 hours, giving up her free time to serve at the soup kitchen, spaghetti dinners, rummage sales, cemetery clean ups…and the list goes on.
But Francesca says she doesn’t volunteer for personal recognition.
“I think what I get out of it is just helping the community. I love seeing the community improve. I love to see people helping other people,” said Francesca.
But where did this passion for people come from?
She shares it with her family.
“Our kids, we’ve tried to teach them about always giving back to their community to not only make the community proud of them, but for them to feel proud of themselves. This passion actually started with my parents,” said her mother, Christi.
The Moore family spends countless weekends volunteering together, hoping to make the Ohio Valley a better place.
But even if it wasn’t a family affair, Francesca’s parents say they couldn’t be more proud of her dedication.
“She could be out with her friends having a good time, but she’s out helping people. That makes me really proud of her because when you help other people, you don’t do it for the recognition. You do it to make somebody else feel good,” said her father, Bill.