More than 65 students in grades 5-8 raked leaves in four Spring Lake yards as part of the school’s annual service project.
Sixth-grade teacher Elizabeth Wilcox said they held the event on Friday to coincide with the school’s celebration of All Saints Day. Wilcox said it is planned so students could model themselves after the example the saints set.
Eighth-grader Owen Walters said he was happy to lend a hand raking leaves for community members. The 13-year-old said if it wasn’t for Friday’s yard work, he might not have had the motivation or ability to give back.
“It feels good,” he said. “It feels like you’re helping the community and not just doing other stuff.”
Although students cleaned up yards in chilly temperatures and scattered sprinkles, eighth-grader Abby Winzer said she would have felt bad if they didn’t go into the community “just because it was raining.” The 13-year-old said people want to give back, but don’t always have the opportunity.
“It’s nice to have a day off and help people in the community instead of sitting here and doing nothing about it,” Winzer said.
While Friday’s cleanup changed up the students’ normal routine, seventh-grade teacher Amy Giroux said it’s fun to give students time to socialize and exercise — but it is also about making their gratitude come alive. She said they strive to model stewardship and give back to the community.
“For the staff, endeavors such as these helps us model to our students that our faith is a part of our everyday life,” Giroux said.