Students Roll Up Sleeves for Local Causes

Pine-Richland Middle School Student Government participated in Saturday Service Day on Saturday, April 23.  Members of student government chose one of six different sites in the community in which they could volunteer.

Students visited several sites including two St. Barnabas locations in Pine-Richland, Animal Friends in Ohio Township, the Lighthouse Foundation in Valencia and the West Deer Dog Shelter.

Teacher and Student Government sponsor Ms. Alexandra Batouyios said that she hopes that the Saturday Service Day inspires students to continue looking for opportunities to help those in need.

“Being a good neighbor usually costs little more than your time, but it pays dividends, and I hope that the 70+ kids who volunteered did indeed see that lesson at work this weekend,” said Ms. Alexandra Batouyios.

Students sorted and organized donations at the Lighthouse and West Deer Dog Shelter. In Ohio Township at Animal Friends, students prepared food and toy packets for rabbits and dogs.  They played bingo and sang with residents at St. Barnabas and helped dust and prep the crafts for summer reading programs at Northern Tier Regional Library.

Several teachers served as volunteers and chaperones.

“The day was a huge success,” said Ms. Alexandra Batouyios. “The students and teachers rolled up their sleeves and got right to work.  I was so touched by what I saw. Kids were getting out of their comfort zones in order to do what needed to be done, whether that meant singing an old Gershwin tune with the residents at St. Barnabas, helping them pick out a fun prize when they won at Bingo or organizing donations of canned goods at the Lighthouse Foundation.  Overall, I think that this was a great opportunity for students to realize that the world around them is bigger than what they may see on a day-to-day basis, and for our community to see what great students, families and faculty we have here at PR.”