Students participate in Global Youth Service Day

Program part of a nationwide initiative

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - While many people are gearing up for Fiesta, hundreds of students from Northeast Independent School District’s International School of the Americas spent the day giving back.

It's part of Global Youth Service Day, a national and international event, where high schools across the country and abroad take time out to do community service.

Maria Cueva said she's been keeping up the community gardens at St. Therese on the city's Westside for the last ten years and she admits it's a lot of hard work.

"I dig the ground, plant, transplant, pull weeds, spread mulch, especially plant all my vegetables," said Cueva. "I work here for food."

However, Cueva had a lot of help on Friday after dozens of students from the ISA spent the day planting, cleaning and doing other much needed work.

"Honestly, it's been great," said ISA student Alec Hernandez. "It's awesome to be able to give back. San Antonio is a beautiful city. I love it here. Just to be able to give back to it, to make a little part of it better, even if it's just for a day, I feel like it really helps out."

Every year, the whole student body at ISA spends a day on community service, which is part of the school’s curriculum.

"We’re all about students becoming good global citizens," said Nick Polito, an ISA physics teacher. "Serving the communities that you're a part of on a local scale, state scale and global scale."

In total, there are about 400 students volunteering at different locations across the city.

Click here to read about Trinity University's day of service students completed earlier this year.

"I know a lot of other groups went to a lot of different places, like some went to go help out with animals at Pets Alive and the Humane Society," said Hernandez.

While Global Youth Service Day is a worldwide event, ISA is the only high school in San Antonio that participated on Friday.

They're partnering with Green Space Alliances to make a difference now and in the future.

"We're hoping that it becomes habit for them," said Polito. "And, that they're not just doing this service now, but it's something they take with them and continue to serve their community in any way they can."

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