LIMA —The daffodils have sprung up, setting the stage for another beautiful season in Eloise Hadsell’s backyard. The only problems are the leaves and sticks that litter the huge yard she’s owned for 44 years.
Getting it all raked, bagged and cleaned would have been quite the chore for Hadsell, who instead had a group of Temple Christan High School students there to help Monday.
“I think it is wonderful. I am glad to see some of them have ambition,” she said of the group, just one of many working in neighborhoods Monday. “I don’t know anything about any of these kids, but they are probably raised in Christian families.”
About 100 Temple students spent Monday at nearly 15 different houses, where they raked leaves, cleaned up yards and houses, washed windows and did other work for those who needed a a hand. It is the first year of the “Called to Serve” project at the school.
“We do a different project where kids raise money, but we wanted to do one where it is just purely serving, no profit. Just to bless the community,” said teacher Amanda Sutton, who worked with a group of students at a Hadsell’s home.
The school collected names of people who might need help. Someone at Cable Road Alliance Church suggested Hadsell to the school. The project, Sutton said, teaches students an important lesson.
“Being a faith-based school, we believe it is important that the Lord calls us to serve our community,” she said. “We want to teach the kids at an early age that it is not all about them. It is about helping others as well.”
Senior Shane EnYart said he feels good doing community service and helping others. It is also an opportunity, he said, to show the school lives its Christian teachings.
“We are a Christian school, but it is not just in name,” EnYart said “It shows our inner selves and what we can give to people.”
Although the project was required, senior Corrine Wood said students were excited to take part. Wood liked Monday’s work better than other community service projects the school has taken part in.
“I like this better because you are able to kind of get to know them and be able to help them one-on-one,” she said.
Sutton said the school hopes to expand the program to include the entire kindergarten through 12th-grade school in 2014.
“The more we do it, I am sure the more needs we will hear about,” she said. “And the more needs we can serve.”