The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all our lives, but the isolation and restrictions are especially hard for children and teens. While school systems turn to virtual classrooms, other learning opportunities are encouraged – and welcome — including service learning. Students at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland, were encouraged to put into practice the values and knowledge gained in the classroom by reaching out to all those in the community who find themselves in need. School administrators recently shared information about The Salvation Army of Prince George’s County.
“I didn’t know much about The Salvation Army, until my school shared a list of organizations that needed help. Since I couldn’t go someplace and volunteer, I thought I could go get groceries with my mom and drop it off,” shared St. Vincent Pallotti freshman Preston Fero. “I miss being with friends and being at school, but I think about people out there who are missing a lot more than that, and don’t have food at home. I’m glad The Salvation Army is there for them.”
For the past two weeks, rain or shine, Preston has arrived at The Salvation Army of Prince George’s County with a couple bags or boxes of food for their food pantry. “He always includes cookies or a treat,” said his mom Bonnie. While he does get credit for service hours, he keeps coming back, with a box of food and a smile.