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Students prepare for Service Learning Day

Next week hundreds of New Richmond students will take to the streets to participate in Service Learning Day.

The annual event started several years ago and has been gaining momentum ever since.

This year, on Friday, May 20, high school students will leave their classrooms and take to the streets for a day of community service. The entire high school student body, staff and volunteers will make up the more than 1,000 people participating in various projects around the New Richmond area. Projects will range from painting at The Centre, moving furniture at the future middle school and work at the community gardens to planting prairie plants in Star Prairie Township, a car wash, environmental learning center activities at the high school and hosting a carnival.

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, who will be broken into small groups, will be sporting T-shirts designed by Maddie Heilmann, a freshman. At least one adult volunteer will head each group.

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 youth 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.

A few of the 40 assets include:

• Family support

• Caring neighborhood

• Community youth values

• Service to others

• Adult role models

For a full list of the Search Institute's 40 developmental assets, visit elopmentalassets/lists.

Anyone is able to participate in Service Learning Day. For more information, contact Trish Moberg by calling 715-243-1786 or email

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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