Students cover Omaha metro in service
College of Saint Mary (CSM) in Omaha sent out its students, faculty, staff and administration today to participate in volunteer efforts across Omaha as part of Spirit of Service Day.
The annual effort encourages all CSM community members to follow the example of the College's founders, the Sisters of Mercy, to assist those who need help.
"The whole purpose is to get the entire CSM community to serve others," said Katty Petak, assistant dean of students. "Education for the professions and for service is the foundation of who we are."
The volunteers gathered for a kickoff breakfast at 8 a.m. and then departed to locations all over the metro to perform either a half-day or whole day of service. Many of the College's classes are canceled to allow students to participate, and no student can be penalized for missing a class to serve. At the end of the day, the workers will gather for a celebratory picnic.
"We evaluate every activity afterward," Petak said. "We want the students to have a good experience so they're more likely to volunteer again."
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