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LHS Students Volunteer at Local Farm
Monday, May 23, 2016 -
The story of a young boy named Dylan who found himself living on the streets recently inspired some Liverpool High School students to give back to the community.
The students, who are taking English 10A with LHS English teacher Sarah Engle and special education teacher John Sheridan, recently learned about Dylan when they read Barbara Haworth-Attard’s novel Theories of Relativity. The novel, along with several others, impacted the teachers and students greatly and left them wondering about the human condition and the challenges people face each day.
So Sheridan and Engle arranged a field trip to Mathew 25 Farm to give the students a chance to make a difference for the less fortunate. The farm, located in Tully, opened in 2009 and distributes freshly-grown vegetables to food pantries in Onondaga and Cortland counties.
In true Warrior fashion, the LHS students were able to plant cucumbers, yellow zucchini, green zucchini and squash during their two hours at the farm. Manager Rick Rarick shared that more than 1,000 people will benefit from the students’ hard work.
“The community service prepared them for the workplace, inspired them to see a bigger picture than themselves and was a great way for the youth to do something about the problems in today’s world,” Sheridan said.
“I’m very fortunate to be in a place where I have food to eat, clothes on my back and a viola to play,” said LHS sophomore Austin Harning. “Not too many people truly understand the hardships of being without these necessities, so it is our responsibility to help those who need it and give back to the community.”
“All the hard work makes us feel good about all we did to heal the world,” added LHS sophomore Gregory Bell Jr. “Two hands are better than one and our teamwork made us better today.”