One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organizations in need. Students at Nativity School are proud to be a part of the Junior High School Service Project. “All junior high students must complete 4 hours of community service each quarter,” says junior high religion and social studies teacher, Mr. Brown. The 6th graders focus on projects at home helping their families. 7th graders complete projects based at Nativity School or Parish that help the Nativity community, while 8th graders complete projects that help out in the community, such as cleaning up trash and helping out at local schools. “They take pride in their work and they are happy to be a part of serving their family and community.” Together, students brainstorm ideas, propose, edit and finalize a proposal at the beginning of each quarter. They take photos during the project, log their hours, reflect upon their work and submit a final report at the end of each quarter. At Nativity students are learning the benefit of serving others, whether at home or in their community. Dedicating their time by serving others helps them to make new friends, expand their network, and boost their social skills. Nativity School, serving with a purpose.