Archbishop Mitty High School’s Class of 2020 put aside their studies to respond to God’s call to serve others.
The entire freshman class of 462 students, plus 56 faculty members, spent October 19 participating in the Freshman Day of Service. As part of their day of helping others, students performed a variety of tasks, which included cleaning a beach, sorting food pantry donations, and visiting the elderly.
“It’s just a good opportunity for the freshmen to get to know each other better through serving together,” said Bea Scott, the event coordinator and an AMHS world languages and religious studies teacher. “And they have a really good time. It’s just fun.”
Students spent time working with more than 20 nonprofits, including: Sacred Heart Community Services, Loaves and Fishes, Hope Services, Save the Bay, and the Morgan Autism Center. Students also helped at local schools, including Queen of Apostles School, Sacred Heart Nativity School, and Our Lady of Grace Nativity School.
The annual day of service gives students a chance to draw connections between their faith and serving others. The day began with a prayer service. Then, students boarded buses and vans to travel to local destinations in need of volunteers.
“In religion class, they’re learning about their faith and the Scriptures and then they’re putting that into action on the day of service,” Mrs. Scott said.
For students such as Eshan Gupta, who attended the event last year, the day was a chance to give back. Gupta, now a sophomore, spent his day of service volunteering at the Camden Community Center, where he had spent time as a child. In a thank you letter he wrote to the center, he recognized the site for being a great place to learn.
“When I was young, I learned swimming and basketball at CCC and being able to give back to you guys was an amazing experience,” Gupta explained. “The effort you put into making sure that the CCC is a fun place for everyone to learn is commendable, and I thank you for being a part of my childhood.”
Sophomore Alyssandra Webb also participated in the Freshman Day of Service last year and summed up equally beautiful memories of the service work she did at a local farm.
“Full Circle Farm taught me that we have to be grateful for the nature and beauty around us because it is a gift from God,” Webb explained.
Archbishop Mitty values service learning opportunities, which help prepare students to be just, faith-filled leaders. All students must complete 20 hours of Christian service each year but many choose to participate in school-sponsored programs that allow them to spend additional time helping others.