ROELAND PARK, Kan. -- Students at St. Agnes school are taking the day off from reading, writing and arithmetic to serve others in their neighborhood.
At a time when students are focused on what they need to do to be successful individually, the school believes it's important for kids to step back and recognize there's value in helping others.
Students spent time doing yard work for neighbors around the school, making new friends as part of a foster grandparent program through Catholic Charities and making gift bags for new parents with infants.
Kids say they feel good about themselves when they work together to make the community a better place.
"I think children need to learn to do things for other people and they just need to think about other people other than themselves," said Carolyn Anderson, a grandparent of one of the students. "I think that starts them thinking about being volunteers or maybe that's something they can do for the rest of their lives to know they need to help their parish."
The day of service had been a tradition at St. Agnes that the school skipped for the last two years. Parents brought it back believing that the lessons learned through volunteering are important now more than ever.
The day is also an opportunity for kids to get outside and unplug from electronic devices that often consume their lives.