Central Arkansas teens spend spring break volunteering | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas students are enjoying Spring Break, but while some may be headed out of town for a getaway, others are staying closer to home in order to volunteer.
Dozens of youth got their hands dirty Tuesday in order to serve others. The alternative Spring Break is a growing trend among young people and is a movement that Conway youth pastor, Patrick Sisk said encourages youth to do something useful with their free time.
"The thing is these kids are really great kids, and they realize this is bigger than themselves. They realize that it's more about others and not so much about them," he explained.
Sisk helped organize a day of service for several youth groups in Central Arkansas with the mission to serve others.
One of the organizations benefiting this spring break is Recycle Bikes for Kids-a non-profit in downtown Little Rock that refurbishes donated bikes. Seventh grader Wyatt Chandler, along with other members of his youth group, is disassembling old bikes, so they can be outfitted with new parts.
"I pretty much forgot everything I learned on the first bike because it's pretty hard to learn. You just twist off the bolts and pull stuff. That's all I'm pretty much doing," he said, but he feels the work is rewarding. "It just feels really good to help someone out and give them a bike because they may not have a bike that works, so we just give them a bike."
For senior Zach Brawley, he said the experience has been eye opener.
"I really enjoy helping others and coming down here. This was a unique experience. This was the first experience like this I've ever had, actually. I've never gone into a poor part of town and helped out before, and this is a really cool experience."
Conway Christian freshman, Carter Bramlett said he's learning what it feels like to give back.
"It's cool to have the satisfaction that this is going to help somebody in the future, kind of a cool feeling."
For Sisk, he hopes this year's willingness to serve others grows even larger in the years to come.
"This is going to be a long standing tradition. Maybe, we can get some other churches involved and really make it grow."