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Century Middle Schoolers seek service projects

Do you have an outdoor, spring clean-up task?

Century Middle School students want to help.

Fifth through eighth graders are volunteering to help with community or individual outdoor projects. All service projects will be completed by Century School students and staff on Friday, May 11. In case of rain, the alternate date is May 15.

Project requests will be accepted through May 1.

"We are looking for ground-level projects at residential and/or commercial sites for a minimum of two hours of work," said Julie Cook, a sixth grader teacher and coordinator of the "Day of Caring Community Service Activity."

Examples of projects include window washing (outdoor and ground floor only), raking, cleaning up gardens and/or flower beds, outdoor painting, park cleanup, and other opportunities. Homeowners are required to be at their home while the team of volunteers works on the project.

"We are hoping to help the community and individuals, especially those that are elderly or disabled," Cook said.

Earlier this year, Cook said she came across an education blog that shared a recent "Day of Caring Community Service Activity."

"I did a little research and found that similar projects are being done in towns around us, and after talking with a few people, decided that this would be a great opportunity for our students and staff to give back," she said. "I think that everyone — students and adults — benefit from helping others and it's a good experience for all of us. Sometimes we get so caught up in what is going on in our lives that we forget that others could use some help. I also think this will be a great experience for our students and staff to connect with others and feel a part of the community."

To request help, sign up online at https://goo.gl/mxMUKp. For more information, contact Cook at jcook2@parkrapids.k12.mn.us.

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