Service Spring Break

Last week was Spring break and it’s usually a time to kickback, relax and take a vacation. But for some Naperville high school students, Spring break means a time to give back to the community.

Seven Naperville girls enrolled in an internship program at the Naperville Area Humane Society to help out our furry companions.

“I just knew it was something I’d love to do, because I just love animals, “ said thirteen-year-old Taylor Kroma while holding a kitten.

Others think that this is the best way to help out animals that need a second home.

“I like the fact that I get to help some animals who are getting their second chance,” said Emma Kamanski, a student at Jefferson Junior High School.

As part of the internship, girls learned how to socialize the pets, maintain the laundry and even make t-shirts spreading awareness about abused and neglected animals.

Terri Hancock has been running the program for three years and is proud of the girl’s enthusiasm

“They can be responsible and people don’t think of teens as having those qualities, but they really can help and they do a fantastic job,” she said.

While caring for the community does include our four-legged-friends, other students were looking for a way to help out Naperville’s underprivileged. For Loaves and Fishes, the need for food continues, even through Spring Break.

Nearly twenty students volunteered for two hours last week on Tuesday. They stocked shelves, organized the food, and ensured the pantry was ready for distribution later on that day.

This was the fifth time for Mike Langman’s, a student at Naperville North High School and he finds it a cool thing to do.

“It’s actually fun to do and I’m glad I chose to come here, it’s been a great experience,” he said.

Loaves and Fishes serves nearly 500 families around Naperville and relies on a strong volunteer effort.

“It’s awesome to see they still come during Spring break. It’s a time when people are customarily gone or focusing on leisure pursuits and to see these kids come in and work, it’s a lovely thing,” said Jody Bender of Loaves and Fishes Community Relations.

While some students were stocking shelves, others were seeing how their Wii skills stacked up against Naperville’s senior citizens.

And though Spring break can be uninterrupted video game time, some students took their fun step further and taught seniors in the community how to play games like Wii Bowling.

“I just think it’s nice to teach another generation something new. And teaching seniors how to play Wii is fun and at the same time it teaches them something new,” said Christian Yon, a freshman at Benet Academy.

Bridging the generation gap was one of the goals of the event, but to one attendee, it was just the chance to beat his grandson.

“I hope I learn something good enough to beat him. Because he thinks he is better than everyone at everything and it’d be nice not to have him believe that forever.”

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