Trent has completed nearly 50 hours of community service at the Milton Family Community Center, where he’s been instrumental in everything from preparing for the annual yard sale to providing “heavy lifting,” all with a smile.

“Trent has been a pleasure to work with,” MFCC volunteer programs manager Kelly Hughes said. “He has been willing to do anything that has been asked of him, often at a moment’s notice … Trent has demonstrated strong character and has served as an excellent ambassador of the Milton High School student body.”

Trent Cross
Grade 11, Age 17

Q:  How do you serve the community?
A: I help at the Milton Family Community Center, including by shoveling every time it snows to make sure there’s a path in case of an emergency. I have also worked the food shelf and done various types of labor around MFCC like moving desks, setting up computers, etc. Every second Thursday of the month at food drops at the Arrowhead Senior Center, I help out by moving boxes of food from the truck to carts and into cars for the seniors there – this is a great help to them as they can’t lift as much.

Q: Why are these important projects, and what will result from your efforts?
A: It’s what’s needed. There aren’t a lot of people that will go out of their way to do physical work for free. Doing these projects makes others’ lives easier, and that’s really what matters: being helpful to others whenever it’s needed. The result of all of this is that I get to make members of my community happier and less stressed. That’s all I want to do – make people happy and proud to know that there’s someone they can always rely on.

Q: What have you learned about your community from doing these projects, and how have they made you a better student?
A: I have learned my community has the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. These people are hard workers who have passion for what they do and will never, ever quit on you. I’ve also learned there’s always something you can do to help, and I intend to keep doing that. It’s made me a better student because I’ve picked up coping skills along the way, and it’s made me more resilient and more passionate in whatever I do or plan to do. I would especially like to thank Kelly Hughes for helping me become more patient; that has helped me tremendously.