HRV students pitch in for community



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This month brings days of service by Hood River Valley High School students. In projects scheduled May 9-11, students are looking for help from the commmunity.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Service Leaders for Tomorrow, a group of seniors from Hood River Valley High school, has been working with HOPE (Housing for People) to landscape and build a play set for the self-help housing being built in Odell.

The group has spent the last year preparing to build a small public playground. The work party will be May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., continuing through May 11 if additional time is needed.

The other project is the sixth annual Community Work Day. which returns May 9. Organizers are looking to raise the bar to another level by besting the $15,000 total from last year.

It may sound a bit difficult to raise $15,000 in one day for charity, especially for a group of high school students, but that is exactly what Community Work Day has done in the past.

Community Work Day began in 1998 as a small venture to reach out to the community by releasing the students from the high school to local business or individuals who would sponsor them for the day.

The students give their time to perform whatever work the sponsor needs of them. In return, the sponsor pays the student minimum wage for the time worked and then the student donates the money back to the high school.

Each year the money goes to local causes. Wages earned in this year’s Community Work Day will go to Hospice of the Gorge and the Community Education Scholarship Fund.

If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring a student on May 9, or if you would like more information regarding Community Work Day, call the student chairs at 387-5099.

The HOPE playground project fulfills a year-long goal by Service Leaders of Tomorrow. Service Leaders is the second year of a two-year program supported by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, and headed by Kristin Reese, chamber Youth Services Director. The same group of students participated as Chamber Leaders of Tomorrow in 2001-02.

“My experience doing community service has given me insight on how valuable it is, and I hope that working with high school students will instill in them the value of community involvement,” Reese said.

Service Leaders asks for community volunteers to help with the renovation. Volunteers will help with the landscaping. Jobs include shoveling, raking, and building the play set.

To make a monetary donation or to volunteer, contact Jodie Gates at 386-5027 or Kristin Reese at 386-2000.

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