Dozens of freshman from the Aquinas Institute of Rochester were out and about serving their community Tuesday.
Approximately 125 ninth grade students took part in the Freshman Community Service Day. Students go out to volunteer at various organizations where extra help and attention is needed.
Some of the locations where the students were this year included House of Mercy, Volunteers of America, Dimitri House, Cameron Community Ministries, Holy Childhood, Cerebral Palsy Rochester, Oatka Cemetery, St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, Foodlink, Foodlink Farm, Episcopal Senior Living and St. Ann’s Community.
The students were able to help in a variety of ways, including packaging food, painting, gardening, sorting clothing, and organizing food cupboards
“We feel so strongly about teaching our students what it means to serve that we stop a full day of instruction to give them an opportunity to go out into the community and give back,” said Aquinas Principal Ted Mancini.
Aquinas sophomores and middle school students also have a designated day to volunteer later in the year.
Community service is a major component of an Aquinas education. Students are required to complete a minimum of 64 hours of service in order to graduate, however, most students go above and beyond the minimum, completing, on average, 95 hours of community service throughout their high school careers.
This was the 4th annual Freshman Community Service Day.
— WHAM 13