Tandem Friends Students Spend the Day Serving the Community

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Some local high school students were able to skip school on Tuesday and help nearby organizations at the same time. The Upper School at Tandem Friends had its day of service. Students did community service at several locations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Carson Jones-Wilkins is a junior who was part of a group that shoveled dirt and mulch into place for new garden paths at Charlottesville Friends Meeting.

"We are creating a flat area to create planting beds for the remembrance garden," Jones-Wilkins said. "The other day me and my brother went out and picked up trash from a bike race. I kind of told my brother it was his way of repaying the sport, and this is my way of kind of repaying Quakerism a little bit."

Sydney Lynch is a senior. Her group went to Loaves and Fishes to help bag food like loaves of bread and apples to help prepare for food distribution in the evening.

"A lot of times people think 'Oh, hey I'd love to work for PACEM or Loaves and Fishes,'" she said. "Then they get side tracked with their schedules and just can't find the time so Community Service Day gets you out there and gets you working."

Margaret Burruss, who is a Tandem Alum and is the executive director at Loaves and Fishes, remembers the impact the day had on her and the importance it has on the community.

"Its really about volunteering in the community," Burruss said. "Everyone working together to make it a better community to be in."

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