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St. Ignatius: Helping ourselves by helping others
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The eighth grade class at St. Ignatius has been involved in service for years.
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The eighth grade class at St. Ignatius has been involved in service for years.
Dillon McNeil

My school, St. Ignatius, is a wonderful place. Our school offers a great athletic program, a mobile computer lab, and opportunities that not many kids have. The most valuable opportunity is our community service program. Throughout all of my years at St. Ignatius, I have kept the elderly company at Reedwood, delivered meals to those who were unable to make a warm meal through Meals on Wheels, developed friendships with children living with disabilities at Providence Child Center, and fed the homeless at Blanchet House. In my opinion, there is nothing that brings a class together more than community service.

And whether serving meals or making friends, one thing was always the same. While returning to school from these adventures, my class has always talked about our experiences. No one interrupts a classmate when someone is telling the story of a Vietnam veteran they met at Reedwood, the friend they made at Providence, or the loving interaction they witnessed between total strangers at Blanchet House. On the way home from these community service endeavors, I always get the same warm feeling inside — and it is a feeling that I cherish. Whether it’s the feeling that I get from doing something good myself, being grateful for what I have, or having seen a shy classmate come out of their shell, it always makes me feel great.

In closing, I’d like to emphasize how important service is, in my opinion, to someone’s development in our world. I have seen my classmates grow immensely, and I have felt myself grow and mature throughout all of our years of community service. I truly believe that every child can benefit from having their eyes opened to the life experiences of less fortunate people.

The writer is a 8th grader at St. Ignatius School.

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