PITTSFIELD TWP. — For Lorain County JVS marketing coordinator Tina Salyer, an event complete with free popcorn, ice cream, hand massages and a classic car show was the perfect way to thank the community for their support of the school.
On Saturday, Lorain County JVS hosted its third annual Community Appreciation Day. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., almost 20,000 members of the greater Oberlin community came to sit in on presentations, have a free lunch, be part of a Zumba class and participate in activities put on by JVS.
Despite rain that forced the event to be moved inside, Salyer said that this year’s appreciation day drew the biggest crowd yet.
Lorain County JVS is a technical school that aims to prepare high school students for future jobs by equipping them with specific skills in their trade. For years, adult community members and employers have been an invaluable part of the program by giving students jobs, internships and apprenticeships in their areas of study, Salyer said.
By throwing a yearly appreciation event, the JVS hopes to thank the community for that support.
“We were looking for a way to give back to the community,” Salyer said.
However gratification wasn’t the only motivation behind the event.
“This is still a recruitment,” said Salyer, adding that during each event, many community members learn more about JVS and how it could benefit them or someone they know.
To help with recruitment and show off what they’ve learned, many JVS students came to work at the event, presenting in their field of study or serving free meals.
Salyer and other members of the JVS administration plan to bring the event back next year and add more booths and activities that will interest more people.