Washington 5th graders rake in appreciation, kindness

Nineteen  students in Rob Arneson’s 5th grade class at Washington Elementary were out and about in nearby neighborhoods (north and east of the school) Thursday, helping homeowners clear leaves from their lawns.

Beginning at the home of retired Washington custodian Mary Brady, who worked at the school for many years, the students set out in groups and cleared the lawns of seven additional homes, all in the span of about four hours, including time for a sack lunch.

Thursday’s service learning project was done in recognition of the United Way’s “Day of Caring” national public service campaign. It supports the Character, Citizenship, and Life Skills goals of the District’s Strategic Plan

Today, the students are taking on another service project with Concordia College education majors, to benefit area food pantries.

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