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Pictured (from left) are seniors Matias Chaoul, Reed Peterson and Sam Bastian in Peru.
Though Strake Jesuit's rising seniors spent their summer working for summer jobs and internships, going on vacations with their families, and relaxing with friends, the school did in fact require something from us. No, I'm not just talking about summer reading, I'm talking about senior service hours.
Strake Jesuit stresses the importance of serving others and, in accordance with these values, requires students to complete a certain amount of service hours each year. By senior year, this amount required is 100 volunteer hours.
Students completed these hours with daily visits to food banks, mission trips, counseling at summer camps for children with disabilities and more. I was a counselor at Camp Blessing and it was an amazing experience.
"It was a great experience,” said Nick Stuchly, a senior, “Not just the service aspect, but the cultural experiences and the bonds I formed with the people I met."
Though volunteering does not seem as fun or leisurely as other summer activities, Strake Jesuit students can tell you how meaningful their time serving others was and how great of a way to spend time volunteering is.