On October 5th,Charlene Rauch, an English teacher at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, and seven students spent the day volunteering at the Montgomeryville Impact Thrift Store as part of their school’s Service Day. Spending the day at Impact Thrift provided the students the opportunity to act as vital members of the community, to share their resources, while creating a very meaningful social exchange between the students and staff members.
The students helped to beautify the store by painting a platform, landing and staircase. They processed and priced donations within the Bric-A-Brac and Domestics departments. They smiled. They joked. They shared. They had a ball. It was hard to tell that they were doing work at all.
According to Rauch, “It’s all about giving back and being kind,” she said. “Eventually, the students are going to live in this community. They need to understand how it works.”