Freshmen in Shawna Weaver's Dignitas class volunteer for Community Day at Animal Allies with girls who do not have school this week (Cable Photo/Maggie Grob).

Students Volunteer for Community Day

Nick Stenstrup

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the College of St. Scholastica celebrated its second Community Day of the academic year. All Dignitas students went around the city of Duluth volunteering their time to help others. With classes cancelled for the day, all students had the opportunity to volunteer.

Community is one of the five core values of the college. Faculty and students are encouraged daily to include others in our activities: study together, eat together, and be welcoming and inclusive.

Students volunteered in a variety of ways on Community Day, from simple tasks, like cleaning windows, to activities like painting.

Vanessa Kaari, a freshman at St. Scholastica, went to Prove Gallery to paint murals for Harbor City International School and Safe Haven Women’s Shelter.

“My favorite part about this is we got to make art, and we are using it to help the community, which is two things people would not normally
correlate,” Kaari said.

Will Peterson, a student in the Through the Benedictine Tradition Dignitas class, went to the Rainbow Center in downtown Duluth. Students assisted janitors with their everyday tasks so they could work on other things that needed fixing.

“My favorite part was helping people do things that they might not be able to do or don’t have time to do … knowing we’re making a difference in someone’s life even if it’s something small,” said Peterson.