The Coast had some visitors from Michigan last week, and they come down every year to lend a helping hand. It's not very often that students give up their Spring Break for the greater good, but one group of high school students is dedicating their Spring Break to community service. A group of high school students is suited and booted for community service at the Beauvoir.
Sebastian Saliwanchik, a senior at Hackett Catholic Central, says, “Pulled out some trees and some trash. There's a lot of mud and stuff.” The Michigan kids dug through brush near the cemetery on the property, but their work also came with a history lesson. Saliwanchik also says, “It’s nice to work at the home of Jefferson Davis. That’s always fun. It's a historical place. It feels good to be helping a landmark.” Students from Hackett Catholic Central have spent breaks volunteering in south Mississippi and Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina and are enjoying the culture and the weather.
Noah Katt, a junior at Hackett Central, says, “It’s been great. Up north it’s cold. Down here it’s warm and nice.” Melany Corchado, another senior at Hackett Central, says, “People are so nice. It’s warm, the food's great. I have no complaints.” There were more than 40 students working to remove trash from the Jefferson Davis property who say this is a much better way to spend their time off. Corchado also says, “This is my fourth spring break, and every time I come, it’s just the most rewarding experience, and it’s fun.”
This is Corchado's second Spring Break volunteering on the Coast, and she says volunteering in Mississippi continues to be a great experience. Corchado closes, “You just really get to interact with people and see the change you're making. It’s a week well spent and I’ve never regretted coming on one of the trips.” This year, the high school students are spending their Spring Break working at the Beauvoir as well as at Feed My Sheep in Gulfport. The Michigan high school were more than happy to spend a week in much warmer weather.