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26 July 2017
Hanna Sarosy hangs angel tree tags for the children in Baton Rouge. Photo by Karen Caffarini of the Post Tribune

Benefits for Baton Rouge

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 60,000 homes have been damaged by tragic flooding in September. Andrean senior Hanna Sarosy is making a difference for this community 900 miles away. “It’s always just been a passion of mine to help people,” Sarosy said. She organized a school-wide service project at Andrean to help students attending the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge. This service project has brought dozens of young children joy and hope for the future during this discouraging time in their lives.

At the beginning of the school year, Sarosy spoke with Dr. Tony Bonta about enrolling in an internship that would prepare her for college. Ultimately her love for helping others is what sparked the idea for helping the flood victims in Louisiana. Thus the Baton Rouge service project was born.

Sarosy spends two class period a day working with Mrs. Janice Reynolds to organize the project. Even though Reynolds is involved, the project is primarily Sarosy’s responsibility. “I’ve done all the work for it [and] put it all together,” Sarosy said. “Student Council went in and helped me announce [the project] to the homerooms, but other than that, I’ve just been doing all of it.”

Every homeroom at Andrean collected money to buy personal items for the students at the school in Baton Rouge. Each homeroom sponsored a child that requested an item. “As a kid, imagine losing something that was your favorite toy in the world, and you don’t have a lot of money to replace it anymore because your family is trying to get back into your home. So, I mean, being able to give a child a little glimmer of hope and happiness after the flooding and after losing their homes I think helps a lot, and it really impacts the kids down there,” Sarosy said.

Sarosy hopes to see the students at Andrean benefit from this experience. “[The students in Baton Rouge are] planning on sending us pictures when they open the gifts we’ve sent them,” Sarosy said. “Hopefully, the [Andrean students] will be able to reflect back on that and realize how much they’ve impacted someone’s life.” Once the students at Andrean have seen the happiness that they brought to the children in Baton Rouge, this could cause other acts of kindness to sprout in the halls of the school.

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