Bethany students volunteer for a day of hard work

May 8, 2010 by

Nearly 30 students from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., spent Saturday cutting brush, pulling weeds and scrubbing walls at projects throughout Concordia.

The students are all enrolled in Fidel Iglesias’ criminal justice classes at the small Lutheran college, and the project was organized by Sister Bev Carlin of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

The biggest team took on work on the Nature Trail at Joler Park in southwest Concordia. Along with Sisters Julie Christiensen, Anna Marie Broxterman and Bev Carlin, they pulled weeds, cleared dead vegetation and cut brush to make the trails easier to walk.

Another team, with guidance from Sisters Loretta Jasper and Jean Rosemarynoski, cleaned walls, floors and bathrooms at Club 81, the organizations for teens in downtown Concordia. All the students and sisters gathered there for lunch — a time that allowed the students to “negotiate” with Iglesias to better their grades through their participation.

Still another team tackled weeds in the asparagus patch at the Nazareth Motherhouse.

Afternoon projects included work at the Concordia Community Garden of Hope, spreading mulch to create pathways there, plus lots more weeding. The students also had a chance to tour the Motherhouse.


4 Responses to “Bethany students volunteer for a day of hard work”

  1. Margarete Dorsch on May 10th, 2010 2:42 pm

    I am very impressed by the students and the professor’s generosity. Go Bethany Swedes and CONGRATULATIONS. You are the BEST!!!

  2. Beth Stover on May 10th, 2010 7:21 am

    Thanks to Bev for organizing and to all the helpers. What a wonderful event!
    Sr. Beth

  3. Fidel Iglesias on May 8th, 2010 5:43 pm

    Thanks, Sisters, for the opportunity to help you and the local community. And to do His work.


  4. Loretta A. Jasper,csj on May 8th, 2010 5:38 pm

    It was an honor to spend the day with college students who were about the task of helping the dear neighbor. Great spirit; warm hearts; cool weather outside…making differences inside the heart and outside of one another.

    Thanks ot all.

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