Students Across NEPA Help Local Community Organizations During Youth Day Of Caring
SCRANTON — Students from across Northeast Pennsylvania took a break from their classrooms Thursday to learn a different lesson — how to help out in their community. More than 100 seventh- to twelfth-graders from throughout the region spruced up community organizations and bonded with both preschool students and senior citizens during the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties’ 18th Annual Nancy Jackson Memorial Youth Day of Caring. Students volunteered at 14 sites within eight United Way partner agencies. Northeast Intermediate School seventh-graders Paul MacDonald and Daniel Jacklinski, from the Scranton School District, scrubbed the walls at the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania. They were among a large group of their peers participating in their first Day of Caring. “It’s a good thing,” Daniel said about the volunteerism. “Most kids don’t do it.” Paul added that people should get out more and help out their communities. “It just helps me knowing that some people care about the community,” said Northeast Intermediate School eighth-grader Nathan Jarrow, who participated in the event last year. The tasks accomplished during the event are ones the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania needs a “small army of helpful volunteers” to get finished, said Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, the club’s executive director. The volunteer students get a lesson on the importance of community service during the Day of Caring, she said. “It’s wonderful to get the community involved with our organization,” Thomas said. At the United Neighborhood Center’s Community Services Building Angel’s Attic, students from St. Clare/St. Paul School in Scranton, including seventh-graders Dorothy Walsh, Caroline Haggerty, Allyson Gilmartin and Rylin Berndt, helped hang and organize donated clothes and planted flowers outside the building. “It’s good to help people,” said Caroline. Kneeling in the dirt, Rylin said the United Way event helps her learn about the lives of others. In a separate program and as part of a statewide day of service in honor of Mister Rogers, 60 students and seven faculty members from Marywood University’s Physician Assistant Program also volunteered Tuesday — at Angel’s Attic and the St. Francis Free Clothing Store, Ronald McDonald House, Friends of the Poor, Jenny’s Kloset, St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry and the Good Shepard Clothing giveaway. . Contact the writer: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter.