On Thursday, May 16, more than 250 students, representing 14 Saginaw County high schools, came together to help their community during our annual Spring Into Service day.
The event kicked off at the YMCA where students from all different walks of life were divided into groups. After a quick introduction and safety lesson the students and adult volunteers set out with one common goal, to make a difference in Saginaw County.
Volunteers helped clean up Celebration Square, specifically working at Crayola Park, Ojibway Island, Andersen Enrichment Center and the Japanese Tea House. From staining picnic tables to cleaning up brush and painting, the volunteers had their work cut out for them.
When asked what her favorite part of the day was, Hannah Tanner from Hemlock High School remarked, "(I was) honored to help and proud to have been part of this program."
After the event was finished, students were amazed by the difference they made individually, as well as what they had accomplished collectively.
Thank you to all the students, adult volunteers, teachers, school contacts, site leaders, committee members, financial supporters and everyone else who helped make this event possible. These days would not be possible without all the wonderful community support we receive. Also, a special thank you to Joe Madison for his commitment and service over the past 11 years. He has helped create a lasting impact on many involved throughout the years and will truly be missed. We thank him for his great leadership and dedication to the youth and our community!