Kids show they care

Lakeshore Middle School eighth-graders traded books for rakes and gloves on Friday morning.
Krystle Wagner
May 4, 2013


From yard work to sorting items for a local nonprofit agency, nearly 400 students pitched in throughout the Tri-Cities area for the Greater Ottawa County United Way's Junior Day of Caring.

Sarah Trute spent part of the morning sorting through boxed foods at Love INC. The 14-year-old said she doesn’t always have the chance to volunteer.

“It helps me understand that little things can help out a lot,” she said.

Eighth-grade Spanish teacher Virginia Davidson worked with Trute and other students sorting boxed foods by expiration dates. Davidson said it gave her a chance to see her students outside an academic setting, as well as students she wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to get to know.

Students working at The Salvation Army headquarters picked up garbage and raked the grounds.

Eighth-grade social studies and English teacher Jennifer Mesler joined the students in picking up trash. She said it’s good for students to see adults pitching in.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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