Teens brave cold to offer service
Over two dozen local students participated in Cassville Community 2000's fourth annual Global Youth Service Day on April 16. This year's event was spearheaded by the Cassville High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
"Starting the day with 38 degree weather and strong winds, the 30 students and seven adults that showed up did a wonderful job," said Elaine Boles, CHS SADD advisor. "Every task that needed to be done was accomplished, and we had a fun time.
"All the students worked very hard for three hours," said Boles. "Despite the harsh weather conditions the day was a great succes, and I am very proud of the kids that did show up and put forth their best effort."
Teens and adults who participated in the service day collected trash along the Cassville Greenway Trail, cleaned the streets around the square in Cassville, worked at the Cassville Senior Center and offered maintenance assistance at the Cassville wells.
"The clean-up was a big success," said Steve Walensky, Cassville public works director. "We really enjoyed working with the volunteers. They exceeded our expectations. God bless them for showing up and doing an awesome job."
According to Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief and Community 2000 chairman, around 75 students signed up for the Youth Service Day.
"Even with the bad weather, 29 of these kids showed up and worked their hearts out," said Kammerlohr. "When I drove around, they were working with smiles on their faces even though it was miserable outside, and they gave 110 percent on whatever task they were given."
Kammerlohr offered appreciation to the Cassville public works department, which provided transportation and supervision for some of the Youth Service Day projects.
After the teens and adult volunteers completed their service projects, they were rewarded with a pizza lunch at the Cassville City Hall. The lunch was sponsored by the Cassville Rotary Club and Soroptimist International of Barry County.
Global Youth Service Day volunteers included: Ethan Stockton, Josh McCarroll, Trevor Carney, Tawna Phinney, Isiah Phinney, Ryan Williams, Dallas Schnedler, Nathan Sutphin, Brittany Sanchez, Chris Hinebaugh, Kendal Cooper, Emily Cooper, Josh Lewright, Emily Pry, Glenn Thomas, Destinee Naugle, Christina Erganian, Trevor Hobbs, Jessica Holenda, Susan Ray, Klayten Holt, Patrick Rawlings, Rhiannon Miller, Kayla Mallory, Briana Delacruz, Hersayn Fierro, Daniel Paddock, Cody Frana, Trenton Pendergraft, Jeff Stockton, Larry Privett, Julie Dillow, Kevin Miller, Officer Jennifer Luckey, Boles and Kammerlohr.