Eighth Graders Amend Retreat to Help Others
CLEARWATER - Traditionally, the eighth graders at Saint Cecelia School have a retreat to celebrate and reflect on their last year. This year, these students decided to reach out to the community instead. Mary Thomas and Brandon Horn of St. Cecelia Church, along with Marcia Cho and the eighth grade teachers at St. Cecelia School, helped organize this wonderful event.
On Thursday, September 27, 2007, the student began their day of service in chapel. The students then split up and visited the Kimberly Home, Everybody's Tabernacle, Community Pride Child Care, St. Cecelia Church, the RCS Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and the Kimberly Home Thrift Store.
"It was so cool to give back to our community. We all had so much fun, and we know our help really made a difference," said Alex Holtz, a 14 year-old eighth grader at St. Cecelia School in Clearwater. The students helped sort donated clothing, organized and marked items for sale, stocked canned food, and cleaned the church.
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