During the school year, Saint Martin’s Ministries receives support from several local schools. From middle school to graduating seniors, students come to the Barn and the House and help make things look better, work better and feel better. For the 2009-2010 school year, three very important sources of student volunteers were Saints Peter and Paul School in Easton, Sudlersville Middle School, Queen Anne’s County High School, and the graduating seniors from the Severn School in Annapolis.
Saints Peter and Paul students commit to a schedule for one day each month for the entire school year. They often come on Wednesday nights and help with the emergency food distribution. If you have ever been at Saint Martin’s for emergency food, you may have seen our grocery cart system. Each family receives their food in a grocery store cart. The students help by taking the cart to the family vehicle, unloading the boxes and bags that make up Saint Martin’s generous food distribution and getting the cart back into the Barn to serve the next family.
Queen Anne’s County High School students, under the able direction of Mrs. Terry, come during the school day and are often divided into groups to work at a variety of tasks – packing food in the warehouse, straightening the thrift shop clothing racks, helping reorganize and clean up in the furniture barn and visiting with children in Saint Martin’s House.
This spring, we had an extended visit from Severn School students. Their energy and efforts resulted in a total house cleaning of the Barn thrift shop, emptying the sorting room and repainting the walls, weeding and mulching all of the plantings around the Barn and the children’s playground and many other tasks too numerous to list. They worked very hard and learned a lot about the basic task of helping people in need.
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Mrs Ostrowski’s 8th graders from Sudlersville Middle School work to help out at Saint Martin’s House. They have donated items for the residents, planted the gardens as a walkway to the House. In addition, one of their tasks in the food warehouse was to sort and categorize donated foods – what a challenge to see them discuss whether all of the popcorn boxes should go into the snack box, and what to do with the donated marshmallow fluff? These students had to really think about the nutritional value of a variety of foods.
We look forward to students from Saint Elizabeth’s High School in Wilmington, DE who do special projects during the year and come to the campus for July to learn and serve. Look for our report on the contributions of Saint Elizabeth’s students later in the summer.