Youth service day held in Washburn and Seligman

Friday, June 17, 2011
The Southwest Coalition of Excellent Decision-Makers (SW COED) partnered with the Southwest R-5 School District to host a youth service day on May 16. Participants included 40 middle school students, 16 high school students and 15 adult volunteers. The goal of the project was to "engage youth in a service-learning project that would teach them at a young age the importance of community service and hopefully make an impression on them to commit to a lifetime of community service." Participants completed projects for the City of Washburn, the City of Seligman, the Seligman Chamber of Commerce, Prairie Cemetery and several Washburn residents. Volunteers raked leaves, pulled weeds, picked up trash, painted fire hydrants, picked up tree limbs, sticks and rocks, and swept and mopped the new Seligman Community Center. Students who volunteered their time for the day received a T-shirt from SW COED that displays a drug and alcohol prevention message. The T-shirts were funded through a mini grant provided by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

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