By Ms. Miller’s Journalism Class Fall ’17
Wyoming Seminary, a small private school in Northeastern Pennsylvania, did not let distance prevent them from making a difference for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Although the victims of Hurricane Harvey are hundreds of miles away, Wyoming Seminary faculty and students gathered together to raise funds for the relief efforts.
Community service has always been an integral part of the Sem experience. This is reflected in the school’s handbook which states that community service should “challenge individuals to put others before themselves”. This emphasis on community service was reflected in the most recent Service Day that took place at the Upper School on September 8. After students and faculty returned from performing community service activities across the Wyoming Valley, they listened to many speakers discuss the importance of community service. Mrs. Catie Kersey, Upper School Class of 2019 Dean, is optimistic about the future of service at Sem, saying that “in the last few years we’ve emphasized the importance of service and we’ve emphasized the idea of individuals being part of a larger community”.
The school invited the head of the local chapter of the Red Cross to speak about the relief efforts in Texas after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. After speaking briefly about the efforts of the brave men and women who went down as first responders, students from Sem presented the Red Cross with a check of nearly $4,000. This amount, revealed for the first time at the assembly, earned a rousing round of applause from those in attendance. The check at the assembly was a
The efforts began with the boys’ soccer team when they faced off against MMI on September 7. The team decided to donate all of their proceeds from the concession stand to the Red Cross. Despite the rainy weather on that day, the team was not to be deterred, instead, rescheduling the date of the fundraiser. The efforts of Wyoming Seminary students continued when the Community Service Board organized a dress down day that cost $2. Jerry Tang ‘19, a member of the Community Service Board, said that the “kindness, bondedness, and trust of the Sem community was well reflected through our unanimous action”. Tang added that “almost everyone in the school participated” and that many students were willing to donate more than the required fee. With the help of the Baking Club, the Community Service Board was even able to host a bake sale to raise even more funds.
Between a dress down day, added donations, bake sales, and the proceeds from the concession stands, the Sem community was able to demonstrate just how much they care. Although the events in Texas were tragic, the Sem community came together in order to make a difference for those in need.