The Community Service Learning Department at Saint Ursula Academy is getting creative, finding ways for students to continue to serve their community while honoring safety and social distancing protocols in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to recurring service programs, students have an opportunity to participate in a one-time service, called Big Surprises Service Events. These events are scheduled approximately four times a year to give students with busy schedules an opportunity to sign up, show up, and serve.
The first Big Surprises Service Event of this school year was Saturday, October 17. Students worked with Habitat for Humanity for its Rock the Block day. They cleaned, painted, and built picnic tables on a rooftop patio at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill.
Students who participated in the Rock the Block event include SUA’s Big Surprises leader Natalie Fahner ’22 of Delhi Twp., Kaitlyn Angeline ’21 of Milford, Rebecca Reichert ’21 of Cleves, Maria Sophia Garcia ’21 of Hyde Park, Ella Todd ’21 of Loveland, Courtney Ruesink ’22 of Loveland, and Emma Voelkerding ’22 of Cleves.
In November, a new group of students plans to assist HOPE Emergency in Brown County.