WSA Students Volunteer at Rescue Mission

     Published on 6/6/16   Tagged under:    District News    Community Service    Westside Academy at Blodgett   

Eighth grade students in Amanda Behm’s ELA class at Westside Academy at Blodgett recently visited the Rescue Mission on Gifford Street to served lunch and help in the clothing store.
This is the third time Ms. Behm has brought students to volunteer at the Rescue Mission, and she said the trip has been an effective way to help students see beyond themselves and develop a desire to help others.
“I wanted students to be able to see what some people actually have to do for survival,” Ms. Behm explained. “The students are so used to their own lives here on the West Side that they expect things to happen for them during the school day. Snacks and breakfast are just given to them each day. This experience helps them see that some people don't have the opportunity to obtain meals as easily as they do, and it let them help other people and realize that they were making a difference and that they DO matter to their community.”
Students split themselves up into two groups, with the boys in the Food Service building and the girls in the Clothing Center. The boys helped set up the dining area, prepare and serve food and clean dishes, while the girls helped sort and transport merchandise and move items from storage to the store.
After volunteering, students said the experience helped them realize the big impact that a small action can have.
“I learned that it’s important to follow directions and help when needed,” Hamodi Muhina said. “And people will respect you if you show them respect—it’s the love of community.”
Classmate Emily Prado agreed. “I learned that people at the Rescue Mission love to help people in need,” she said. “Volunteering shows that we really care.”
For Jasmine Krichbaum, her time volunteering helped her learn something new about herself. “I learned that I like helping people,” she said. “It’s just a nice thing to do and it makes peoples’ days better!”
Thank you to these students for giving their time to help others, and to Ms. Behm for organizing the visit!