Students volunteer to shovel snow

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VALLEY CENTER, Kan. -- Valley Center resident Else Crickard watches as high school students and members of her church clear her drive of tons of snow.

Crickard says, "I already knew they were wonderful. This just confirms it. They are very, very special."

Seventeen students out of school Wednesday on a snow day channeled their collective energy to help shovel driveways and sidewalks for Valley Center First United Methodist Church members who they knew needed their help.

Youth Minister Brian Potillo says, "We're kind of just starting with church members we know who are probably not going to be able to do it themselves."

Katie Baguess says, "Last Wednesday in church we talked about helping others and how important it is. And it's perfect timing because we can do it."

Pickard says, "Well this is a very constructive way for them to spend some energy. A very loving way. They're a great witness to Jesus."

Meanwhile up in Hillsboro Tabor College President, Dr. Jules Glanzer, designated Wednesday as "Serve Day." Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to grab a snow shovel, provided for them at the Student Center, and shovel out their neighbors and friends.

In a press release from the College Glanzer said, "Our mission is to serve others and help people in need, The Hillsboro community needs us to shovel snow for them, so that's exactly what we're going to do."

Tabor students went door to door shoveling snow for those not able to do it for themselves. Glanzer helped to organize a similar event three years ago when the community was also blanketed with snow.

"People remember when our students helped out the community last time," said Glanzer. "They certainly appreciated our willingness to shovel their driveways and sidewalks then, so we need to serve them again."

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