Pay It Forward: Cardinal Ritter H.S. taking action and calling youth to service

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The entire Cardinal Ritter High School sophomore class is spending the school day Paying It Forward Thursday by helping out its neighbors and calling other youth to action.

Organizers told FOX59 several of the schools’ neighbors are elderly and badly need help maintaining their yards in the fall, leading students to fill a need and rake leaves.

“Our theme this year is humanity,” said Joel Hubers, the service learning coordinator at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis.  “We have a huge focus on just defining the human person and the importance of helping every single human in need.  It doesn’t matter what their situation is.  What matters is we are here to serve and these kids understand that.”

About 130 students are taking part in Thursday’s act of service, but other grades also regularly give back to the community.  The students help run the food pantry at the Holy Family Shelter and prepare a meal for those in need there one Sunday each month.

“A lot of people in the United States, we are a very privileged people.  A lot of people don’t understand that there are people out there that are a lot less fortunate than them, so doing things that might not seem like that big of a deal can help people tremendously,” said junior Brooke Finnell.  “Doing service makes me happy.  Seeing other people’s reactions and being able to positively affect other people and make other people happy makes me happy and that’s why I like to do service.”

The Service Learning program students at Cardinal Ritter aren’t stopping there, having recently posted a “Call to Action” video on YouTube.  They hope other youth will be inspired to give back and then tag the high school while posting their own videos about their service.

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