Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College students started their summer vacation with a six-day service trip to assist victims of flooding in Kentucky. In total, 15 students travelled with Brianna Baker, MAC Director of Mission & Ministry, and Amy Kanich, Director of Campus Ministry, on May 19 to Riverside Christian School in Lost Creek, KY. Their projects included post-flood repairs, cleaning, assistance with church services, and serving meals to the community.

“One of the Mercy values is service, and it was really important to us to get back to doing these service trips as soon as possible,” said Baker. “The theme of this trip was ‘Be a Light on the Hill.’ These students truly exemplified that theme this week, and we are very proud of them.”

Leah Frerichs, who graduated from Mount Aloysius this month, says the service trips offered by the College have changed her life for the better by pulling her out of her comfort zone.

“I went to Honduras with the College on a service trip a few years ago, and it helped me get my passion for helping people back,” Frerichs said. “I want to make serving others a part of my career.”

Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius College is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Cresson, PA. Mount Aloysius offers more than 70 majors and programs and has an 11:1 student/faculty ratio. The College offers 16 NCAA Division-III mens and womens athletic programs. Learn more at

Caption: Mount Aloysius College students stand in front of the Riverside Christian School in Lost Creek, KY, where they spent six days doing service projects to assist victims of flooding. (Front, L-R) Alicia Hall, Ligonier; Christian Jamillo, Johnstown; Pete Smerecky, McKeesport; Sam Lauer, Nanty Glo; Noah Ports, Cassandra; Andromathe Mesidor, Camano Island, WA; Brianna Baker, Director of Mission & Ministry; (Back, L-R) Amy Kanich, Director of Campus Ministry; Clayton Nelen, Patton; Becca Labar, Johnstown; John Brayn Ayala, Waynesboro; Leah Frerichs, Hockessin; Enoch Quarcoo, Eastbourne, England; Noah Kanich, Nanty Glo; Emily Schrock, Mill Run; Azim Hutson, Ocoee, FL; Dakota Couturiaux, Patton.