Fanning out throughout the city, St. Mary High School students spent Wednesday afternoon volunteering at various organizations.
âIt helps people who canât do things on their own,â Grade 10 student Jordan Kirtzinger said while helping clean the basement in St. Mark Parish.
Wednesdayâs effort was part of the Catholic schoolâs recognition of the Lenten Season, science teacher Ray Cederwall explained.
âItâs being part of a community -- thatâs important, right?â he asked, to agreement from a handful of nearby students.
âMake yourself a better person -- thatâs what we ultimately want to do; be more Christ-like.â
Aiding in studentsâ refocusing of priorities, teachers encouraged them to follow through on the Lenten season tradition of âgiving something up.â
For Kirtzinger, it was looking at his phone less, which means greater attention to his family.
âItâs funny -- weâre losing that human contact,â Cederwall noted.
For Austin Ermine itâs to stop neglecting school work -- something Cederwall commended him for following through on, with all of his assignments arriving on time.
âWhen we talk about religious education, itâs one thing to talk about Jesusâs works, and itâs another to actually go and walk the talk,â faith development teacher Kayleigh Skomorowksi said prior to the entire school heading out into the community on Wednesday.
âWe just kind of come up with different ways to have students connect to what that means as a practicing Catholic, and for us at the school a big part is giving back to the community.â
The goal is for students to carry on the lessons they learned beyond Wednesday, she said.
âThey realize itâs a great experience working with other people and putting other peopleâs needs ahead of themselves, so they realize itâs actually a good feeling and a good thing to do.â
Make yourself a better person -- thatâs what we ultimately want to do; be more Christ-like Ray Cederwall
At various non-profit organizations on Wednesday, students the Daily Herald spoke with appeared to have learned this lesson.
In one of the Prince Albert SPCAâs cat rooms, student Jordan Feher said that if not for volunteers many of the important organizations in the city would cease to function.
âI think that itâs very important to help out,â she said. âI donât think it should just be during the Lenten season.â
To see student and teacher coverage of Wednesdayâs afternoon of volunteerism, search #StMaryHelps online at www.twitter.com.