LONDONDERRY — It’s one step forward with a lot of giving back.
Students in Londonderry High School’s Pay It Forward Club are working hard to make a difference in the lives of others.
The club hosted a breakfast Saturday to show area veterans that they are appreciated. It’s one of a long list of club activities throughout the year.
“It’s a way for me to give back,” Londonderry High senior Eric Kenison said. “We are all so fortunate and anyway we can help is great.”
Kenison staffed the high school entrance door as veterans and guests arrived. Many were shuttled to the door by other students driving golf carts to help with transportation.
Nick Flanders, also a senior, said he was lucky in his life and wanted to share with others.
For Flanders, being part of this club is an opportunity to show others he cares by doing simple things like offering a kind word or helping at an event.
“It gives me a chance to help those that might not have what I have,” he said.
The Pay It Forward Club is popular, with more than 25 students signing up on a regular basis to choose volunteer activities as part of the mission to “pay it forward.”
That’s the mantra of the club every day — to offer some simple help to those needing it most.
Senior Alexis Morgan said club adviser Katie Sullivan has a long list of things club members can do.
“She has a binder in her office,” she said. “We flip through it and we sign up for a ton of events. It’s awesome to see how easy it can be.”
Those volunteer opportunities can be anything from handling a Toys for Tots drive to helping children at a local YMCA or serving meals at Derry’s Sonshine Soup Kitchen.