Compliments to Colby Knifong and Mark Keffer's sixth grade classes from Enterprise Elementary for their Service-a-Thon.

I participated as a parent volunteer and am the mother of a student in their charge.

Students take pledges from donors and then go out into our community and carry out a variety of services. Proceeds fund the sixth grade class trip in the spring.

Students split into small groups and, armed with yard implements, visited homes of various elders in our community - some with physical challenges - and did rigorous yard work. After lunch, we proceeded downtown and washed windows and swept sidewalks of businesses as a thank you for continued support of our schools. Not surprisingly, many merchants made generous donations to the project.

The effort on the part of the teachers to organize such an event is exemplary. As a participant, I witnessed the interaction between the students and community members. Connections like these are invaluable to building community and demonstrate the importance of service to children - our most valuable asset.

Lisa Armstrong-Roepke


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