Ann Richards students participate in the Great Day of Service



Seniors Eliza Martin and Sara Espinosa get ready to start their day of serivce

Courtney Williams

Ann Richards has yet again kicked off its annual participation in the Great Day of Service. Around 300 high school students from ARS were sent out into the Greater Austin area and dedicated their mornings to serving the community.

“The Day of Service is a key part of our schools mission statement, so I am glad we get to participate in it every year.” said by sophomore Selena Hernandez, who participated in Healing with Horses.

Students were sent out for two hours to location of their choice. The places for services included, Blackland CDC Transitional Housing Project, The Austin Child Guidance Center, The Circle Acres Nature Preserve/ Roy Guerrero Park, and Healing with Horses.

“The day is something I look forward to every year because I enjoy getting to know more about my community, and it makes me want to help those in need,” said by Hannah Starkel (11), who volunteered at the Austin Child Guidance Center felt that the Day of Service.

The Great Day of Service was planned and organized by Vanessa Castro; first year Ann Richards Project Specialist. After many days and nights of hoping for a rain-free day, Ms. Castro was “overjoyed” to complete the day without any major interrupting weather conditions like the year before.

Senior Idalis Maldonado explained, “It made me feel good knowing I was helping the community. I was very sweaty especially since it was humid. But over all it was a good experience.”

“Although it was hot, I still enjoyed doing the service because it just felt right,” said Starkel.


For a further reading on Circle Acres Nature Preserve/ Roy Guerrero Park, see Erin Lungwitz’s news story.