A food pantry, a stairway, and a parking lot served as classrooms for about 70 middle and high school students from Helena Christian School on Friday.
The seventh- through 12-graders worked at the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Helena Food Share, God’s Love and Neighborhood Assembly of God throughout the morning.
“We feel it’s important as a Christian school to give back,” Michele Chard, the school’s financial director said. “We teach kids to be a servant and that it can be fun especially when you come with a group of friends.”
Chard worked with a handful of students painting the stairway at Salvation Army’s gymnasium.
Bruce Supalla, high school science teacher, worked with a group of about 20 students at the Neighborhood Assembly of God, a church on the west end that is completing a large expansion.
He said students helped with the exterior, cleaning up after construction. They cleared rocks to prepare for top soil and hydro-seeding grass, placed parking curbs and moved a telephone pole.
Katie Bouchard, a junior, worked to build a landscape wall.
“It’s better than being in class,” she said. “I like being outside and I like being able to work for people — to be productive.”
Students have been required to participate in some sort of community service for many years, but for the first year the school did it as a group.
“We’ve gone to the community and asked who would like a team of workers,” Supalla said.
Any not-for-profit organization interested in having a team of students help with a project next school year can call Greg Page at 442-3821.
Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081, firstname.lastname@example.org