Minnetonka High School is nurturing a new kind of clique.
Call it the kind kids.
The west metro high school is one of a growing number of high schools that allow students to letter in community service in addition to athletics, academics, music and other extracurricular activities.
Jimmy Bohn heard about the lettering opportunity during school announcements and decided to go for it.
During his freshman year, he built a paver patio at a senior home, which also helped him achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The last two years, he’s volunteered as a warehouse assistant at Bridging, a nonprofit that provides furnishings and household goods to families in need. He moves furniture and packs trucks.
He’s continued to volunteer at Bridging because it fills an important yet often overlooked need for struggling families.
“It’s unique,” he said. “They let families in need walk throughout and pick out furniture,” he said.
Bohn, 16, said volunteering looks good on college applications but it also feels like the right thing to do.
“I liked helping out the community,” said Bohn, now a junior. “There is so much that can be done.”
Senior Lily Hohag has pursued the community service letter all four years of high school while also lettering in lacrosse, diving and academics.
Volunteering and giving back are family values that Hohag Anderson introduced to her daughter early in life.
“I wanted Lily to see the world outside the bubble we live in,” Hohag Anderson said. “If I raised a child that ended up entitled, that would be my biggest failure. Our main purpose in life is to serve and connect to others. When we leave this world, we want to leave it a little bit better than when we arrived.”