This past Saturday, Family Service Day was held in C&C’s 13th Street Building and at 201. You might have participated in it or seen posters pinned up around the school.
Family Service Day was started about 8 years ago by a City and Country parent. This parent wanted to connect with the Church of the Village to create more service opportunities. Every year the XIIs help out by handing out food at Daisy’s Pantry. Family Service Day makes service accessible to everyone. She reached out to Teresa who works with Daisy’s Food Pantry to help fine tune the idea. Usually, the students who participate are part of the Lower and Middle School, but some Upper School students also join in. “I really enjoyed the experience there,” said Lilly Meyer, XIIIs. Different stations were in the 13th Street Building. For example, students were able to make sandwiches, bag cookies, and make table decorations. Most of the Lower and Middle School children did these activities. After this, the Middle and Upper School students headed over to 201. Here, people in need came to have a nice hot cooked meal provided by the church. “I had a connection with some of the people there because of Daisy’s Food Pantry last year,” said Lilly. Millie Cartagena has been a part of organizing this event for three years. She loves to see the students getting active in their communities and helping people in need. She also likes the lasting impact this activity has on City and Country students. Millie knows that some students may be slightly apprehensive about being with people in need, thinking that they might be dangerous. However, students realize they had the wrong idea when they actually come in contact with the people they are helping. “In my previous years of doing Family Service Day I had never gone to the church to do the serving portion of the day, so I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet the people and see them face to face,” said Gitana Savage, XIIIs. Millie said that there is the need to clarify that people can be hungry and homeless, but not necessarily appear poor or homeless. She talked about the stereotype of being homeless and how it is not always realistic. Millie also wants to make sure students know their actions make a difference. “Part of respect as a human is to give help to others with no self-reward,” she explained. These are the lasting impacts she wants the City and Country students to have after Family Service Day.