“It is good fun,” said 13-year-old Triston Tongue. “It is nice to be able to help out the community.”
Tongue was one of a handful of students who spent the morning at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA performing a variety of maintenance tasks such as scraping paint from windows and cleaning the weight room.
Tongue, who had never performed community service work before, was scraping Winterfest advertising paint from the lobby windows of the Y. The boy said he was enjoying his task.
“It is better than doing toilets,” he said.
There were many other places in the county where students were lending their skills.
Shannon Morton, director of volunteerism for the Greater Ottawa County United Way, said she thought Friday’s event went well.
“We had lots of agencies call and talk about how well things went,” she said.
According to Morton, more than 220 students participated in 24 different projects during Friday’s event. This number is up from the 175 who participated last year.
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