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NRHS completes day of service

Erika Bohmke, center, works with younger New Richmond students to create candy necklaces during the kid's carnival put on in conjunction with Service Learning Day.2 / 5
Brandon Hatch shovels woodchips at Hillside Elementary as students worked to replenish the woodchips around the school's landscaping.3 / 5
Dakota Lindquist, left, and Samantha Anderson work to plant groundcover during a Service Learning Day project at Mary Park. The project was one of Messes and Masterpieces' three garden monsters that are being planted around the city.4 / 5
Meghan Watkins works to paint a colorful map of the United States at Hillside Elementary. The map is used as a playground game at the elementary school.5 / 5

Dozens of projects were completed on Friday, May 18, when New Richmond High School students completed their annual day of service, known as Service Learning Day.

Students, grouped by their homerooms, were tasked with projects ranging from painting playgrounds at the local elementary schools and spreading mulch in the gardens to picking up garbage along the road and volunteering with the local Friendship Games.

The annual event, started several years ago, provides students the opportunity to give back to the community, applying the skills they've learned in the classroom to community projects.

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.

Identified as one of the largest service projects in the state, Service Learning Day has three main goals:

• 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 www.searchinst ssets/lists.

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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