Weekly Feature



2018-05-17 / Education

District encourages students to serve

by LAUREN KIRCHMYER
Community Relations Coordinator, West Seneca schools

Separation of church and government is a topic many people ponder and debate. Though the West Seneca Central School District is a public school system, students are encouraged to get involved and give back to their community, even if it creates a connection to a religious organization.

Many students in the district complete their service hours for senior projects or honor societies by volunteering at the West Seneca Food Pantry, part of St. David’s Episcopal Church. Others will spend their time assisting at vacation Bible schools or other events at their parishes.

Through East Senior’s Trojans Take Back day of community service, many students and teachers will be on religious grounds to complete projects such as gardening, painting and moving furniture.

Each spring, the high schools are invited into local churches to honor seniors through a baccalaureate service. This year, West Senior will be recognized on Monday, June 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 146 Reserve Road, and East Senior will be recognized on Tuesday, May 12, at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St. Both services will begin at 7 p.m.

West Senior is also proud to continue its Mother’s Day Concert tradition year after year, bringing students and families to local churches for beautiful music. This year’s concert took place May 10 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

Though religion is not taught as part of the public school system, West Seneca encourages students to be involved citizens in their community and continue to grow as servant leaders.

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