"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to walk alongside the students in the National Honor Society (NHS) and their advisor, Ms. Brown, as they volunteered their time and energy to clean-up a stretch of highway in southwest Rochester.
As we began walking along county road 104, I was struck by how much joy they seemed to glean from picking up trash. I watched as they competed to see who could find the most unique piece of garbage, the largest quantity of garbage, or who would be the first to find an expired animal. At first glance, it seemed as if their only goal was to fulfill the service component of the NHS. However, knowing these fine young men and women and watching them interact with one another, it became abundantly clear that they were there for each other and for the larger Rochester Community.
They worked together to hold bags, to pick up trash, to encourage each other, and to be present to one another. This seemingly insignificant activity reminded me of all of the reasons I am eternally grateful to be part of Lourdes High School. The experience this past Saturday is representative of a greater good within our school community. All of our students, your sons and daughters, are forever mindful of the question and respond by joyfully "doing for others."