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Queen of Peace students serve needy in Appalachia

Pictured (from left) are Kelly Meloy MikaelKarge Jacklyn Pulido NinIzzo AllisCuevas Heather Saylor JennBuche. | Supplied Photo

Pictured (from left) are Kelly Meloy, Mikaela Karge, Jacklyn Pulido, Nina Izzo, Allison Cuevas, Heather Saylor and Jenna Buche. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: October 3, 2012 6:03AM



Several Queen of Peace High School students recently traveled to Nazareth Farm in Doddridge County, W. Va. to perform a week of service.

Students Jenna Buche, of Crestwood; Allison Cuevas, Kelly Meloy and Nina Izzo, all of Chicago; and Mikaela Karge and Jacklyn Pulido, both of Burbank; were joined on the trip by faculty moderators Kristine Owens and Heather Saylor.

Nazareth Farm, a Catholic community that emphasizes service, community, prayer and simplicity, provides housing repair to people in the local Appalachian community.

For many of the students, this was their first time working in a construction environment. They performed a variety of outdoor home repair projects throughout the week including building and shingling a roof and constructing a staircase for a porch.

In addition to home repair, before and after their work days, the students performed chores around the farm, such as hoeing the garden, picking vegetables or replacing old wiring around crops.

“You didn’t focus on yourself,” Meloy said. “Everything you did was for someone else.”

Meloy said her favorite part of the service trip was getting to know the different home owners. She said she hopes to return next summer.

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