It has become all too common for high school students’ community service hours to be just “an added chore” or “another thing I have to get to.”
Regardless of what school you may attend, service hours can tend to slip through the cracks while you focus on homework, sports, work, family and friends, and every other thing you have to do.
Nashua Christian Academy tries to make service hours much more personal – this way, students are able to see how the work they do directly affects someone else.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, a handful of students attended the Walk-n-Roll at the Fellowship Bible Church in Methuen, Mass., hosted by Joni and Friends, a Christian organization that supports people with disabilities. This organization works with local churches, organizations and schools throughout the U.S. to create outreach programs.
From raising money to accepting donations for wheelchairs, its mission is to reach out to the disabled and their families in the local community “with the love of Christ.”
At the Walk-n-Roll, volunteers were there to lend a hand to the participants in this fun, community event. From helping participants in a mini-race to face painting to carnival games, volunteers enjoyed their day working alongside these individuals – raising funds as well as awareness for the disabled community.
“It was extraordinary in both senses of the word,” senior Zach Brown said. “Initially, it was definitely out of my comfort zone, but that didn’t last long. Everyone wanted to connect with one another, and that made it really enjoyable.”
Classmate Hailey Moore added, “It was really cool to see everyone coming together for such a great cause. I think that everyone there had a good time. Helping out at the Walk-n-Roll is definitely something I think will stay with me for a long time.”
Sometimes we can become focused on ourselves, but service hours help us to get out of that frame of mind so we can reach people in ways we might not have imagined.
So next time when those required service hours start piling up, think that it isn’t just another homework assignment you have to do, but rather a chance to get up, get out and change your perspective.
This article was written by Bethany Sontag, senior at NCA. The article was also published in the Nashua Telegraph on October 27, 2013, which you can view here: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1019795-478/nashua-christian-students-discover-rewards-of-service.html#