On Wednesday, Oct 16, seniors from Lancaster Mennonite School descended upon nine local
nonprofits to volunteer for their annual Senior Service Day. CAP (Community Action
Partnership), Friendship Community, Material Resource Center, Black Rock Retreat, Eastern
Mennonite Missions, Blessings of Hope, Landis Homes, Parkesburg Point, Woodcrest Retreat,
The Factory Ministries, and Brethren Village were all destinations for this year’s Service Day.
With the guidance of LM faculty, and despite the rainy weather, seniors built a shed and deep
cleaned Head Start classrooms at CAP, repaired a bridge and split firewood at Black Rock
Retreat, sorted donated food for families at Blessings of Hope, tutored students at Parkesburg
Point, split wood at Woodcrest Retreat, sang and talked with residents at Landis Homes, and
performed various other service projects throughout Lancaster County.
Senior Service Day began 8 years ago at the initiative of a couple of senior girls who requested
that Seniors be given the opportunity to have a special day of giving back to the community. So
each year, on the same day that the Juniors are taking their PSAT tests, the Seniors go into the
community for a day of service. They also commit up to $500 from their senior fundraisers to
help with transportation, as needed.
Lancaster Mennonite believes service is an integral part of a student’s education. One of LM’s
core values states, “Our school is a community that lives the gospel message through praying,
serving others, and enabling students to grow in understanding that they can make a positive
difference in the world globally and locally.” This special day as been rewarding for both the
students and those they have served.