October 5, 2015
By Mercy High School students Annie Pflaum, Mikayla Rosenthal and Alex Schultz
Last summer five students from Mercy High School participated in a service trip through Young Neighbors in Action, which provides week-long summer service learning experiences for students.
M.I.A.—Mercy In Action: Texas was our theme when traveling to San Antonio, Texas, this past summer. Our trip included many experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Memories were made as the five of us made the 17-hour journey from Omaha, Nebraska, to Texas over two days. Overall, the trip was worth it all. We got to see the real San Antonio, not just how it first appears to visitors. We saw first-hand a real community struggling with gentrification (meaning that the city was tearing down old sections and renovating it).
On Monday, we kicked off the week by volunteering at the Food Bank of San Antonio. In the morning we took a tour of the facility and got to know the facts before our service began. One fact that we learned was that children usually do not eat lunch during the summer since they are not at school, where one is provided for them. We were grateful for this knowledge because it gave us an appreciation for the work that the Food Bank is doing for the community. We packed lunches and helped staff prepare for their upcoming benefit. The amount of food that they provide is astounding, as well as their community gardening initiative. Read More