Day of Ser­vice

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Char­lene Rauch — an English teacher at Christo­pher Dock Men­non­ite High School — spent the morn­ing of Oct. 5 paint­ing a plat­form, land­ing and stair­case at the Im­pact Thrift Store at 987 Bethlehem Pike in Mont­gomery Town­ship.

“I hate paint­ing,” said Rauch, adding that she learned the skill work­ing at her fa­ther’s sign store. “But I don’t mind do­ing it once in a while for a good cause.”

Rauch and seven students spent the day vol­un­teer­ing at the store as part of the school’s Ser­vice Day.

In­stead of at­tend­ing classes, all of the school’s students worked at 25 lo­cal agen­cies throughout Mont­gomery County and Philadel­phia, ac­cord­ing to Jay Gor­don, Christo­pher Dock’s ad­vance­ment as­so­ciate.

Held ev­ery other year, the ser­vice day is in­tended to help students learn to bridge the gap be­yond ab­stract con­cepts and real life sit­u­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to Prin­ci­pal Con­rad Swartzen­tru­ber.

“We be­lieve we have been called to be faith­ful to God’s call,” he said. “Part of that is help­ing young peo­ple learn to think be­yond them­selves.”

Over­all, the pro­gram is expected to pro­vide more than 20,000 vol­un­teer hours, ac­cord­ing to Rauch.

“It’s all about giv­ing back and be­ing kind,” she said. “Even­tu­ally, the students are go­ing to live in this community. They need to un­der­stand how it works.”

The students also helped ac­cept and or­ga­nize the do­na­tions as well as sort and price items inside the store, ac­cord­ing to Tamika Miller, Im­pact’s community outreach co­or­di­na­tor.

“We have a few peo­ple on va­ca­tion, so we need all the hands we can get,” Miller said. “We need as many hands as pos­si­ble.”

Mor­gan Crois­sette, a sopho­more from Quak­er­town kneel­ing next to the teacher, said she likes the idea of giv­ing back.

“I don’t mind the paint­ing,” Crois­sette said. “I like art. And it feels good to know you are help­ing other peo­ple.”

At St. Mary Manor, lo­cated at 701 Lans­dale Av­enue in Lans­dale, 20 students com­pleted a fall cleanup of an out­side court­yard and dec­o­rated the fa­cil­ity for Hal­loween.

“This re­la­tion­ship is good for us and the students,” said Lau­rel Mur­phy, the fa­cil­ity’s vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor.

“When the students in­ter­act with the res­i­dents, it puts a smile on their faces. The res­i­dents light up like Christ­mas trees.”

The students also vol- un­teered at the Lans­dale branch of the North Penn YMCA, the North Penn Val­ley Boys & Girls Club, Elm Ter­race Gar­dens and Community Hous­ing Ser­vices in Lans­dale, ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Gor­don.

They gave their time at the Key­stone Op­por­tu­nity Cen­ter and the Ma­te­rial Re­source Cen­ter in Soud­er­ton as well as the Men­non­ite Her­itage Cen­ter and the In­dian Val­ley YMCA in Har­leysville.

“Ser­vice is an im­por­tant part of our school, cur­ricu­lum and community,” Swartzen­tru­ber said.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PATTON

Christo­pher Dock students Anna Martin, left, and Seth Detweiler help to dec­o­rate a din­ing room at St. Mary Manor in Lans­dale dur­ing Ser­vice Day Oct. 5.

Students Euca You, left, Angie Rit­ten­house and Jared Hun­singer work at St. Mary Manor in Lans­dale dur­ing Christo­pher Dock’s Ser­vice Day.

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