One of the main teachings of the Bible is reaching out and helping others. Since being elected pope earlier this year, Pope Francis has preached several times about going out into the community and helping others.

On Friday, September 6, students at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School took those messages to heart and went out into the Toledo community to help others.

In conjunction with the United Way Days of Caring, thirteen students at Stritch Catholic – who are members of Students In Action, - helped plan the event so the entire Stritch Catholic student body could go out for a day of service on the west side of Toledo.

Scrapping off old paint from the side of houses and replacing it with a fresh coat, students spent the day revitalizing an area of town while also visiting with occupants in the neighborhood.

“It’s great seeing all the young people from Stritch Catholic helping others,” said Fr. Eric Schild. “To see so our students out here with some much energy and ready to help others is just an amazing event to witness.

“I hope that as all our students move on in life, they remember moments like this and continue to do the work that Jesus Christ encouraged us to do in our daily life.”

Students in Action is a national youth recognition and reward program that is designed to pass the tradition of service and volunteerism on to the next generation of young Americans.