What's Right: Montgomery Catholic Students Hold Lenten Day of Service

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By Glenn Halbrooks

Students at Montgomery Catholic took time away from their classrooms to help others in dozens of ways at their annual Lenten Day of Service.

Workers at the Newtown Senior Center had some extra help in the kitchen. Some students volunteered to help prepare meals for the Montgomery Area Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program.

"I hope to be more appreciative of the things I have and give back to the community," ninth grade student Yemiah McDuffie said.

Down the line, the students packed sausage, turnip greens, cornbread and fruit -- nourishment for the body and the soul that workers at the senior center hope turn these students into the volunteers of tomorrow.

"I hope they learn how to help people and how to fix the food for the elderly people and just love to help people," Newtown Senior Center worker Viola Watley said.

Students didn't just work indoors, they also flexed their muscles outdoors, like at the Montgomery Zoo, where another group of students shoveled mulch. As they made flowerbeds look better, they had time to reflect on their faith and the reason for their work.

"You learn that it's not really all about yourself and you can do more for everybody else and Lent is a time to think about everything that God's done for you and how you're giving back and doing stuff for everybody else," Montgomery Catholic senior Alex Manning said.

In all, more than 300 students performed community service at 15 locations throughout Montgomery, Pike Road, Millbrook and Wetumpka.