By Genevieve Karutz, Executive Opinion Editor

On Saturday, October 5, hundreds of Prospect students will participate in Prospect Gives Back, a day devoted to community service.

During the fourth annual Prospect Gives Back, student organizations and teams will volunteer with local organizations in Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights. Some of the activities this year include landscaping at First United Methodist Church, running an obstacle course for kids at River Trails Park District, and playing music for the residents at the Lutheran Home.

According to Frank Mirandola, Assistant Principal of Student Activities, it is important for the high school and the local community to work together.

“We want people to know what we do, and we also want to make sure that our community sees high school students as selfless individuals,” Mirandola said.

Mirandola believes that Prospect Gives Back can be a great team building opportunity for Prospect students, but more importantly, can show students the connections that can grow from serving others.

“When we serve and help others, there is a bond that forms,” Mirandola said.

Prospect Gives Back has become an annual tradition at Prospect. Administrative assistant Vicki Poulos is an organizer of the event along with Mirandola. She manages the complicated logistics of Prospect Gives Back.

“The really cool thing is when you look at Prospect Gives Back it really helps to create that quintessential, small town experience in the middle of the Northwest Suburbs,” Mirandola said.