Schools collaborate on service

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POLAND, Ohio  (WKBN) — No matter how young or old a person is, there is always something they can do to help their community. That was the message for students who took part in a day of service on Friday.

For the first time, seven area Catholic schools took part in a community service event involving several communities and students of all ages.

First graders at Holy Family School in Poland made tissue boxes as decorations for nursing homes, and fifth graders were recruited to help the younger students.

“It’s good to help out with people and it feels good,” said Aidan Hryb of Holy Family School.

Making a difference in their community, even at a young age, is the point behind service day for Lumen Christi Catholic Schools, which is part of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese. The member schools include Holy Family in Poland, St. Charles in Boardman, St. Christine in Youngstown, St. Luke Early Childhood Learning Center in Boardman, St. Joseph/Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown, St. Nicholas in Struthers and St. Patrick in Hubbard.

“How can we share what we have, we are so blessed to have so much,” said Dr. Lois Cavucci, president of Lumen Christi Catholic Schools.

At St. Charles School in Boardman, middle school students made cards for new moms and collected baby clothes.

“It’s just good knowing that you’re doing stuff for other people,” said student Shannon Reardon.

“It builds that foundation, so we’re starting in preschool all the way up to eighth grade,” said Cavucci.

This is the first year for the day of service and principal Kathleen Stoops hopes it becomes an annual event.

“It’s been great. The children have enjoyed it,” said Stoops. “We like having a focus.”

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