TROY — Troy Christian students made their way downtown and around Troy to serve the community on Wednesday.
Hike and Serve has been a long-standing tradition at Troy Christian. Elementary students in kindergarten through sixth grade gave out thank you notes and candy to the fire department, police department, mayor’s office, The Troy Foundation and the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.
Students in seventh grade through senior year of high school served around the surrounding non-profits and businesses.
Sophomore Cameron Strine and his group left school around 8:30 a.m. to go to the Mayflower Arts Center. He explained how the locations are randomly assigned based on students’ first period class, and his group was helping pull out weeds and trim bushes on the side of the building.
“It’s fun work for me,” he said. “I like doing this. I’m just hoping that it helps them out and leaves an impact on them.”
Troy Christian Career Readiness Adviser Ethan Martin graduated from Troy Christian in 2009 and recalled participating in Hike and Serve his junior year.
Martin was working with juniors Christopher Pfefferle and Peyton Spurlock at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center to stamp letters regarding Issue 11.
“We’ve been doing it since my junior year,” he said. “This is my first trip as a chaperone.”
Pfefferle and Spurlock first volunteered their freshman year. Pfefferle painted picnic tables and a wagon for one group, while Spurlock did yardwork for a Troy Christian family. This year’s task was slower but fun.
“I find this pretty relaxing after a long week of school, so it’s nice to be able to sit back, enjoy life and help out,” Pfefferle said.
Spurlock agreed and said the opportunity with Hike and Serve helped the students show the community how dedicated Troy Christian is to service.
“I think it’s good we can go out into the community and show people what we actually do at Troy Christian,” Spurlock said. “It’s not just another Christian school and we can go out and serve our community.”
The three of them managed to get through five boxes of letters within their first hour.
“Our students have an incredible attitude about it,” Martin said. “You don’t hear any complaints or anything of that nature. There is no such thing as a small job and it’s a humbling experience for a lot of students, a reminder of what our priorities are.”
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