On June 28, a project spearheaded by Dawn Lorenzen and Shelly Campbell educated students on the benefits of volunteering. Their volunteering project is a way for students to gain personal confidence and make a difference in the community, as well as to meet different people in different environments.
The high school students volunteered in five areas around town — MDSI, Wadena and District Museum, Weneeda Park Lodge, Pleasant View Care Home, and Wadena Elementary School — while one group stayed at the school preparing lunch for all the volunteers.
At the museum, student volunteers cleaned and tidied the grounds in preparation for the museum’s season. At Weneeda, another group tidied up the grounds and watered the flowers, all to improve the esthetics. At the elementary school, the students helped pupils there do the grounds cleanup before summer holidays. The group that went to Pleasant View learned about the Wadena Wheeler and what it means to the residents to be able to get out and about. They also went for a spin in the Wheeler, after which they took the residents for a spin around the grounds!
At MDSI, students were taken on a tour of the facility and then staff and residents took on the students in a game of softball.
By Andy Labdon