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Elms students volunteer in New York

8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Our Lady of the Elms
WEST AKRON — Several Our Lady of the Elms juniors and seniors recently participated in a service and cultural immersion experience called The Big Onion — peeling back the layers to discover the true New York.

Along with girls from other Dominican Order schools from around the country, Elms girls learned more about the role of the four Pillars of the Dominican Order in everyday life: community, prayer, study and just actions. They spent their days volunteering in marginalized communities where homelessness, disability and poverty are prevalent. The students also explored cultural and culinary sites to get a taste of the flavor and uniqueness of each community, according to school officials.

“This service immersion experience is life changing for every student who attends,” said Elms Chief Administrative Officer Ruth Friedman. “Because of this journey together, the girls become agents of change in their own communities and will forever see that it is their responsibility to reach out to those who need a helping hand.”

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