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New Richmond High School students work in the water (cleaning away the vegetation) and on the banks (staining the pieces of the dock) of the DNR pond situated next to the high school as part of the school’s Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Jordan Willi)

Learning lessons of service

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On Friday, May 16, New Richmond High School students got to take a break from their regular routine at the high school to take part in the annual Service Learning Day.

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On Service Learning Day, high school students, staff and volunteers spread across New Richmond and the surrounding communities to help with a variety of projects. Projects included working on the Community Garden, singing and playing music at area nursing homes, a kids carnival and the Friendship Games, which took place at the high school.

The New Richmond High School Service Learning Day has been identified as one of the largest service projects in the state. Service Learning Day’s goal is to provide at least one day for students to give back to their community.

Students were broken into small groups with at least one adult volunteer to work on their projects.

There are three main goals of Service Learning Day:

-- Teach students the importance of service to others.

-- Incorporate classroom learning standards into real world situations.

-- Create connections between adults and youth.

Service Learning Day was started as a way to help implement the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets. Search Institute asserts that the more assets a young person has, the higher the likelihood of a positive future. Interacting with the public and working together to benefit the community is a major goal of the Search Institute.

Compiled by Jordan Willi

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Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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