Saint Mark's High School students spent three days of their summer vacation helping residents of Marydale Retirement Village in Newark.
The students washed windows, scoured ovens, cleaned kitchens and bathrooms, weeded, pruned, and mulched for the residents of Marydale, which provides rental housing for seniors in need and persons with disabilities. The students worked joyfully July 16 to 18, reflecting Christ's love in their service to others, according to a press release from the school.
Project participants included Stephanie Allison, Lindsey Bair, Jennifer Castaneda, Dylan Colby, Nicholas DiOssi, Luke Duchemin, John Esposito, Kathryn Fish, Meredith Fish, Hannah Falchuk, Artrell Flonnory, Allyson Fritzler, Allison Gonzales, Taylor Gonzales, Erin McKeown, Taylor Putnam, Amanda Smith, Matthew Smith, Karina Tramont, Ann White, and Joseph White.
Sr. Sandra Grieco, IHM, Pastoral Care, organized the project and was assisted by many faculty members, including Mrs. Holly Bryk, Mrs. Pat Daley, Mrs. Yvette Drazich, Mrs. Nancy Keefe, Mrs. Krysia Tramont with daughter and future Spartan Kacey Tramont, and Mr. Francis Corrigan.
Sr. Mary Rita Smith, IHM, pastoral and community services director at Marydale, was thrilled with the work of the students. In addition, all of the students commented on how appreciated the residents made them feel. Students were asked to anonymously share their reflections and gave many inspirational insights, such as: "I want to go out and do more service," "Others are in need of help, and we are called to help them," and "When you do service for others, it humbles you and blesses you, and makes you thankful for what you have."
This is the second year that Saint Mark's has held the summer service project. The students involved in the project have given over 500 hours of service during that time.