Service event opens youths’ eyes

Youths from St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Davenport spent time with Project Renewal participants in Davenport and Bettendorf Feb. 6.

As participants in the Souper Bowl of Caring earlier this month, youths from St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Davenport organized a service blitz to raise money for the hungry. The Feb. 6 service blitz involved several junior high school youths and began with a prayer service with the pastor, Father Michael Spiekermeier.

Teacher Lynn Leming said the youths cleaned Project Renewal “Treat House” in Davenport and then took 35 Project Renewal participants to the Bettendorf YMCA for swimming, gym activities, pizza and soda.

Eighth-grader Andrew Quested said, “The Souper Bowl of Caring event inspired me because it opened my eyes to the needs of others. It was a great feeling to have the little ones look up to me. All of the boys wanted to sit with me on the bus. What a great experience! I definitely got more than I gave.”

St. Paul seventh-grader Leo Bormann said: “Souper Bowl of Caring was great! After Mass and a cool prayer service for victims of natural disasters, we headed to Project Renewal to clean. When this project was completed we gathered with kids from the Treat House for an afternoon of pizza and activities at the Bettendorf YMCA. We had such a good time I lost track of time.”


Eighth-grader Kayla Boche felt Souper Bowl of Caring was a day of building friendships.  “Going to the Y with the kids from Project Renewal inspired me to want to reach out to help other children. I hope that I can find more opportunities to help in the future.”

Eighth-grader Emma Bassier said, “When I helped with Souper Bowl of Caring, it really changed me. I loved how the kids were so excited! I chose to go swimming. I loved playing with the kids. I was so disappointed when it was time to leave. I will definitely come back next year.”

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