Soaring Beyond the Classroom: Greta Buhs

Soaring Beyond the Classroom: Greta Buhs

Greta Buhs: A Compassionate Senior at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

Meet Greta Buhs, a senior at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. She embodies the spirit of compassion and service both in and out of the classroom. With a passion for helping others, Greta spends her time outside of school working at Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell. Here, she dedicates herself to brightening the lives of residents through personal interactions and thoughtful gestures, showcasing her commitment to spreading joy and kindness.

Despite her busy schedule of balancing work and academics, Greta finds fulfillment in her role at Country Manor. Greta participated in softball and tennis but opted to dedicate more time to work at Country Manor. She says “Every day I see my impacts. After a simple smile or laugh I know my job was done well.” Recently, during the holiday season, she helped organize a heartwarming Secret Santa initiative for the residents. Noticing that several names remained unpicked, Greta took it upon herself to ensure that every individual received a thoughtful gift, exemplifying her dedication to inclusivity and empathy.

For Greta, the impact of her contributions extends far beyond the walls of Country Manor. It was
challenging to understand different people’s situations. Dementia and other illnesses take time to get to know. The longer she was around all of the different personalities and situations, the easier it was to read people’s emotions and understand their position. A valuable lesson she learned from this is that “Everyone needs to be loved. The mean people need the most love and care they can get. Being kind matters more than you realize.“

Through her genuine care and unwavering positivity, she not only fosters a sense of belonging within the community but she also leaves a lasting impression on families and residents alike. Greta’s journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of compassion and serves as an inspiration for fellow students to make a difference, no matter how small the gesture may seem. Greta’s advice to other

students who want to make a difference but may not know where to start is to ”think about your future and what you want to do. That helped me choose my job.” Greta feels working at Country Manor has helped her prepare for life after high school, giving her more responsibilities and improving her people skills. Those things will help her in her long-term goal of becoming a nurse.

Greta’s dedication to serving others and making a positive impact on her community is truly inspiring. As she continues on her journey, we commend her for her selflessness and commitment to making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.