Members of the Cardinal Mooney cross country team went out into the community in September to help a wheelchair-bound alumnus with some home maintenance. The students have already spent two weekends at the home and are not ready to call it done just yet.
The service project began after Mooney Principal John Young spoke to classes about becoming a friend of the neighborhood and asked them to look for a project to work on. He mentioned a nearby home that is inhabited by a Mooney alumnus who is in a wheelchair. The lady, referred to as Patty, was unable to do yard maintenance and her situation offered the perfect opportunity for students to serve their community.
"I drive by the house every day on my way to and from work," Young said. "When I talked to the classes this year, I told students we need to become a friend of the neighborhood and look at projects for us to work on. I mentioned [Patty's] house and two boys from our cross country team came to me and wanted to take this project on."
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Mooney students Lucy Jones, Chase Brooks, and Donnie Duran clear out debris around the home of a Mooney alumnus as part of a community service project.
On Sept. 29, the Cardinal Mooney cross country team, spearheaded by senior Donnie Duran and sophomore Andrew Babik, brought the rest of the team to Patty's home and work began. The group trimmed trees and bushes, pulled weeds and cleared debris from around the home on the south side of Youngstown. It ended up being a big job and the team returned last weekend to continue the effort.
Young said the students worked hard for two weekends, but they are not ready to call it done.
"They are looking forward to continuing to lend a helping hand with the house," Young said.
Parents have become involved and there is a plan to plant some shrubs and the Mooney shop class is looking at building a ramp so Patty can enjoy the new exterior look of her home. The students would also like to replace the worn siding on the home and are looking at fundraising to purchase it.
Young said anyone wishing to donate money or help with the labor can contact him at Mooney via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-788-5007.