Niles man makes use of educating, teaching to assist Fairhaven college students | Information, Sports activities, Jobs
HUBBARD — An area man makes use of his educating
and training abilities to assist put the highlight on others and their skills by means of numerous volunteer actions.
Josh MacMillan, 42, of Niles, who has been a Hubbard Excessive Faculty artwork instructor for 19 years and ladies soccer coach for the previous six, mentioned that is the tenth 12 months he has taken the Hubbard artwork college students to Fairhaven Faculty in Niles for artwork exercise days.
He mentioned the thought began when he needed his college students to get some alternative interacting with others by means of artwork.
“This was a method they might spend time with college students at Fairhaven Faculty and do one thing good for different folks. I believed that since I used to be from Niles, I may name Fairhaven as a result of they’ve a preschool program there. I spoke to the principal concerning the concept and she or he liked it, and we went that first 12 months and now it has turn into a convention yearly for us,” MacMillan mentioned.
Hubbard college students go twice a 12 months to Fairhaven and do arts and crafts and different actions with the scholars who vary from preschool to the older workshop college students.
“We name them Hubbard Artwork Days. We often do 5 initiatives resembling coloring pages, beaded bracelets and actions primarily based on an upcoming vacation resembling Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Easter,” MacMillan mentioned
He mentioned he offers his college students volunteer hours that they’ll embody on their resumes.
“Fairhaven offers the scholars the second the place they get to see how fortunate they’re. They get to see what so many different must face every day and what they could must undergo. They respect their creative skills and cease complaining once they have a possibility to spend time with others and make it particular for them. They get to be a instructor for a day, which advantages the scholars at Fairhaven,” MacMillan mentioned.
MacMillan additionally donates his time because the organizer for the native Scholastic Artwork Present at Youngstown State College, which showcases the work of scholars from Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula and Columbiana counties. That occasion is happening immediately.
He mentioned he labored with Invoice Younger, who was the previous occasion coordinator and now handles the present and awards ceremony set to happen later this month.
“I’m an advocate for getting folks’s consideration. I do know all these artwork academics and college students do. All of them work so laborious and deserve recognition,” he mentioned.
MacMillan additionally had college students volunteer their time adorning home windows on the Hubbard administration constructing and the Store n’ Save retailer for the vacations, in addition to making a snowplow design for an Ohio Division of Transportation contest.
“For the previous two years, we have now taken the home windows of the town constructing and the plow concept and linked it to the ‘Select Pleasure’ idea. That’s primarily based on a basis began by mates of my spouse and I in Canfield,” he mentioned. “I need to convey consideration to others for what they do volunteering and serving to in the neighborhood.”
The 1998 Niles McKinley Excessive Faculty graduate earned a bachelor’s diploma in artwork training at Youngstown State College and a grasp’s diploma from Capella College. He additionally earned a certification for superior placement artwork lessons from Columbus School of Artwork Design.
MacMillan mentioned the scholars take pleasure in being acknowledged for his or her work, whether or not it’s for what they do at school or on the home windows or snowplow.
“I all the time loved having duties to do. I used to be raised the place if one thing wants achieved, you do it, The most important factor for me is we will’t afford to lose artwork packages like this. This can be a nice avenue to advertise our youngsters, academics and packages,” he mentioned.
MacMillan mentioned in his free time, he spends time along with his spouse, Amber, and youngsters, Mia, Collin and Emily. He and his kids spend time within the backyard at their dwelling rising greens and making their very own sauces.
In 2022, MacMillan was inducted into the Niles McKinley Excessive Faculty Distinguished Alumni Corridor of Fame.
He mentioned this 12 months, he will probably be concerned with the Melina Michelle Edenfield Basis with fundraising actions and occasions in Canfield.
“The Hubbard college students took half final 12 months and did chalk drawings. This 12 months, we can have college students do caricatures and are asking the topics to make a donation to the muse,” he mentioned.
MacMillan mentioned Melina’s mother, Michelle Edenfield, a counselor, has spoken to the Hubbard ladies soccer group about good psychological well being, social media duty and shared the story about her daughter.
“It doesn’t matter concerning the drawings and work and soccer. My job as a instructor and coach is to offer every exercise a life perspective. So once they hear somebody inform about shedding her daughter, it teaches the scholars how somebody can take the worst factor that may occur of their life and switch it into one thing optimistic to assist others. It actually impressed me and why we put ‘Select Pleasure’ on snowplows and retailer home windows,” he mentioned. “I hope this helps to make all of them higher folks.”