This morning, the Middle School gathered in front of Lemon Dining Hall at the beginning of the school day to hear about the day of work ahead of them. This time though, it wouldn't be in the classroom, but at a handful of service organizations across the Valley. Buses were loaded up, the students divided into groups and off they went, packed lunches in hand. Before leaving, Alex Hash, North Cross' Community Outreach Coordinator, reminded the students who and what they represent: "You are no longer an individual. You are part of a group—you are a representative of North Cross School… Because of what you're doing today, our community is a better place to live." Students gave hours of service to the Rescue Mission, South Roanoke Nursing Home, Hope Tree, the Roanoke Greenway, Healing Strides, the Roanoke SPCA, Apple Ridge Farm, and the Taubman and Science Museums. Tasks ranged from shoveling mulch and landscaping to decorating sandwich bags that will hold lunches for the Rescue Mission's homeless population. The work may not have always been exciting (ask the boys who cleaned every window at the SPCA—inside and out), but the difference was appreciated across the organizations who received our students' time.
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