From Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 18, 2019, twenty-eight Saint Mark’s High School students, plus seven faculty and staff members sacrificed their time so that they could offer service to the residents of Marydale Retirement Village in Newark, Delaware. Marydale, run by the Diocese of Wilmington, provides rental housing for seniors and persons with disabilities.
The students washed windows, scoured ovens, cleaned kitchens and bathrooms, weeded, pruned bushes --to name some of the work they did to assist the residents. In all this, the students worked joyfully reflecting Christ’s love in their service to others.
A big thanks goes out to the Administration for their support and the resources offered toward the project. Sr. Sandra Grieco, IHM, through Pastoral Care, organized the Summer Service and worked alongside the students and with the wonderful assistance offered by faculty and staff members.
The staff at Marydale was thrilled with the work of the students. The staff commented with, "Saint Mark’s has the BEST of the BEST youth! They were so polite, eager to help with the wide variety of jobs, and served with the spirit of Catholic/Christian Stewardship! Many thanks to you and the adults who selflessly gave of their time, talent, and resources!"
All of the students commented on how appreciative the residents were. In reflections students also made the following comments: “I learned that not everyone has people that come to visit them. Some people are very lonely, and our visits mean a lot to them.” “I learned that everyone has a different story.” “This trip showed me how to live my faith.” “Not everyone has an easy life.” “I do not want to forget the bonds made with students and teachers serving together.” “They appreciate what you do for them. Even if you don’t think it’s a lot, it’s a big deal for them.” One student commented: "That being nice and caring is the key of a better life" - what more can we ask from our students and of the world today!