EPWORTH, Iowa (KWWL) — Over 920 students volunteered at various organizations during their Fall Service Day.
Some students stayed back at the school and completed projects like packing boxes of food for local food pantries. Other students went to homes in Epworth, Farley, and Peosta to help people do some Fall yard work.
Students also took buses out to Dubuque to help staff from the National Mississippi River Museum clean
up trash along the Bee Branch Creek and in the Ice Harbor. They also helped do some cleaning at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society and got to play with some of the dogs and cats there.
Teacher at Western Dubuque High School, Cris Tipple, says the students were able to take what they were passionate about and put it to work in the community.
“We’ve got a little bit of everything. The students signed up they can sign up sort of in an area so they could sign up for community
or environmental kind of whatever maybe is their passion.”
She says the school puts on community service days like this to teach the kids how important it is to do their part in making the world a better place.
“I think sometimes high school students underestimate the impact that they can actually make on the world and then the impact they can make also when they leave here. So, that they understand the importance of volunteerism.”
This is the school’s third year putting on the Service Day. The day is part of Western Dubuque’s homecoming week.