The need for service knows no season.
Traditionally held in the spring, St. Edmond's annual Service Learning Day was rescheduled to September this year to avoid weather concerns that have disrupted the effort in the past.
Though the date may be different, the goal of making the community a better place remained well intact.
On Wednesday, all St. Edmond students, from the youngest to the eldest, had an opportunity to give back in a variety of ways.
Students in kindergarten through third grade made cards that included seed packets for distribution to the school's neighbors. Fourth-graders helped clean up the school's garden, while fifth-graders brightened the lives of Marian Home residents with a visit. Middle and high school students lent their time and talents to several area organizations, including Friendship Haven, Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa, Beacon of Hope men's shelter and the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.
It is always heartening to see young people perpetuate the value of altruism. The Messenger commends St. Edmond for encouraging their students to learn through service.