During Kuemper Catholic High School’s 10th annual Service Day, (from left) Joe Dickman, Madison Wendl, Alex Cortez, Melissa Wagner and Brandi Leverington rake a yard on Southgate Road.
During Kuemper Catholic High School’s 10th annual Service Day, (from left) Joe Dickman, Madison Wendl, Alex Cortez, Melissa Wagner and Brandi Leverington rake a yard on Southgate Road.
November 5, 2013



Marking Kuemper Catholic High School's 10th annual Service Day on Friday afternoon, approximately 265 Kuemper ninth- through 12th-grade students tackled jobs at 80 sites in eight communities.

The large majority of the tasks students are asked to complete are yard and house work (raking leaves, clearing gutters, mowing) and washing interior and exterior windows. Several of Kuemper's supporting parishes asked to have students help with interior-cleaning projects (dusting, wiping woodwork, detailed vacuuming). Kuemper also completes its roadside ditch pick-up south of town on Highway 71. This year, there was a request to help remove furniture and carpeting from a home that sustained fire damage recently. Other groups helped clean up and organize areas around the school building. Then, as students finished other jobs, they stayed to help stuff envelopes, add labels and seal mailings from the Carroll County Community of Concern.

Kuemper theology and family and consumer science teacher Ann Carter, who coordinated Service Day for the third year, said of the program, "We feel it is an important part of our Catholic identity to develop the desire in our students to give back to our communities."

Carter said the students' work was greatly appreciated.

She noted, "We had several people call or email saying the students that came to their houses to work did a great job and were a great representation of our school. We hope that the students recognize the good they can do for those in our cities and towns that are less able to help themselves. Many of the people we help are elderly or recovering from a recent surgery or illness. Others call because they have a larger project they just can't complete as quickly alone. We hope our students' desire to serve others continues throughout their lives, not just while they are students here."

Students were accompanied at work sites by 21 volunteers (parents and priests) and 33 Kuemper employees.