By Isabella Cionni and Joey Doughty
A group of the Shenango Peer Leaders joined the United Way Day of Caring to help clean up their community and bring out the beauty of New Castle.
“They cleaned up trash downtown,” shared Peer Leadership advisor Mrs. Rudesill. “ In the past, they painted different businesses and have done some landscaping as well.”
The Peer Leaders have participated in the United Way Day of Caring for many years now. “Peer leadership always stresses community service, and we have a connection with United Way. The event gets kids out in the community and helps them realize the importance of community service,” clarified Mrs. Rudesill. An event like this combats the misconception that kids of this generation are too self-involved.
One student who attended the event, senior Anna Bupp, enjoyed listening to the musicians play all of the Beatles songs. Anna’s green thumb made her favorite part of the day when they got to weed the diamond in downtown New Castle.
“We helped clean up downtown New Castle by weeding. Then, when it started to rain, we went inside the YMCA and helped clean walls and clean up the area. After that, we helped clean up roads and the side of the highway,” Anna stated.
The Peer Leaders believe the event showed how one person can do something as simple as picking up trash can change the community and the world.