Last Thursday, over 32 Bishop Dunne students volunteered with alley’s house to help make the 15th Anniversary Luncheon a success. The students performed a wide array of duties ranging from directing traffic, serving food, and helping clean up after the event.
Bishop Dunne first got involved with alley’s house last spring when Executive Director Allison Whitehead came to visit the Bishop Dunne campus. Allison met with Mark Clifford and Judy Porter.
“Mark Clifford, our Student Council Moderator, and I liked what we learned about alley’s house and later we asked the Student Council if they wanted to help and it was unanimous – YES!” said Judy Porter.
Will Smolka, the Senior Class President at Bishop Dunne high school, was thrilled to be working with alley’s house for the first time ever.
“This is our first event – we are very excited about it!” Will said.
The students were eager to get involved with alley’s house.
“Everyone wants to help!” Will said. “We love to get involved in the community and this gives us an opportunity to help other teens in our area.”
Most of the student council members signed up to volunteer for the luncheon.
“We have 32 [students] signed up, which is almost 75% of our council,” Will said. “Some students felt they had to stay at school to attend classes they couldn’t miss, but they want to help in the future.”
Bishop Dunne students volunteer frequently in various capacities throughout the Dallas community. This year the students are working with Kip Petroff at the Empowerment Center on Zang, raised money for Soul Church on Zang, and the Falconettes drill team raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Last year the students came together and gave Christmas gifts to 60 underprivileged children and their parents.
“Service to others is a key component of our school, and every senior at Bishop Dunne serves a minimum of 50 hours their senior year in the community,” Will said. “Student council members typically do twice that amount.”
“We love to volunteer with as many worthy organizations as we can, for instance, last week we worked with Hearts and Hammers, helping to scrape and paint a home for a lower income resident who couldn’t afford the repairs. We do that every year now.”
Seniors are required to complete 50 service hours and the younger grades have to meet a minimum requirement, but most students go above and beyond their minimum requirement.
“I would say that each of us probably serves far more than 100 hours by the time we graduate from Bishop Dunne,” Will said.