Samantha-Goad
School: Bishop Watterson High School
Parish: St. Brendan
Parish Involvement: 
I serve the children in my parish.
Service Performed:
The past two years I have helped with their annual auction that they put on to raise money for the school. I also have helped for the past couple years with their Little Spikers Volleyball clinics that teach the younger children the basic skills for volleyball. The counselor at St. Brendan also asked me to come in to talk to the eighth graders about the transition from middle school to high school. In the church, I have volunteered in the POD nursery to take care of younger children while their parents attend mass. In my community, I have served at the Run the Race organization for inner city children who need a place to go after school, as well as Miracle league baseball for disabled children, and Northwest Special Olympics Basketball for disabled children and adults.
The Importance of Service: 
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love”(Galatians 5:13). We are called by God everyday to love one another and spread his word. Service enables us to do so as we are showing compassion to the people we serve, and showing them how God wants us to live our lives. I am very involved in the St. Brendan school and parish. I attended St. Brendan School, and have helped with many of their functions. Throughout my time in service, I have encountered impoverished children, privileged children, disabled children, and toddlers, of whom have taught me how to take care of children. I learned to cherish the moments that I have in my youth, and how I can have an impact on their lives as I helped them with skills, education, and even entertaining them. As a child, I always looked up to the people that helped me through sports, school, and other activities, and I always wanted to help people the way that people helped me. Without service, nothing can be done. We all need assistance to help us through times, and to learn about Christ. We are here on Earth to help one another reach the final destination of heaven, and our job as evangelizers is to make sure the ones around us do this too. Service allows us to assist people of all ages in their needs and to hopefully show them the good in Christ and the church. I know that by being served as a little kid helped, I learned how to serve others. Service brings us together as a community, and I believe that we can accomplish anything with the help of one another.