(09/25/13) - On Wednesday morning, the Catholic Charities Community Closet in Flint was a little more crowded than usual - not because of the need, but rather the extra help.
"All the Powers students are sent out into the community and do work where it's needed," said Linda Arndt, Powers staff member.
Several Powers High School students volunteered to work at the facility that provides free toiletries, clothing and household goods to those in need.
"You just get to get out and see people and help. It's nice," said Ryan Waggon, Powers student.
As these students sorted clothes at the community closet, another group was busy sorting food at the North End Soup Kitchen.
More than 40 locations around Flint got a similar contribution from Powers students. It's part of "Charger Outreach Day" during homecoming week.
"It feels good to help the community and get away from the celebration of the week and help other people," said Claire Peabody, Powers student.
The lessons learned here, outside the classroom, have a powerful impact beyond text books and regular homework assignments.
"They see things they are not familiar with and they see there is great need in close proximity to them that maybe they are not aware of," Arndt said.
"They learn how to give back to society, how to love, how to nurture, how to help someone in need," said Shryon Thompson, of the Catholic Charities Community Closet.
In all, more than 500 students helped out on this Charger Outreach Day.
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