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65 Roanoke Catholic students devote Nov. 7 to Day of Service


Sixty-five Roanoke Catholic School students spent Saturday, Nov. 7, serving Roanoke Valley individuals, nonprofits and churches in need of help.

Assisted by a dozen faculty and staff, the students volunteered at Roanoke’s Rescue Mission, Madonna House, St. Gerard Catholic Church, and Our Lady of the Valley. They also made Christmas ornaments at school as part of “Crafts for a Cure” in which proceeds from ornament sales benefit children with cancer.

“Roanoke Catholic has many great clubs that all have the common purpose of helping people either here at school or in our community or around the world,” said senior Annie Lupsha, who organized the service day. “We decided to combine our resources to help as many people as possible.”

Participating school clubs included the National Honor’s Society, Help Save the Next Girl, Key Club, Prolife Club, Knights of Columbus Squires, Red Cross, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Student Government Association.

“This is entirely student-driven,” said Roanoke Catholic science teacher Sara Plante. “The idea was initiated by the students and organized by the students. It’s inspiring to see them willing to give up their free time on a Saturday for a day of service. That says a lot about our kids.”

The students were inspired by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s call for November 7 to be a Diocesan Day of Service: “We show our love for God by loving others. It is not about how the service makes us feel or what we get out of it, but about recognizing the needs of others.”