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Vail Daily letter: Great volunteer day for Eagle Valley High School

Susan Scott
Eagle, CO, Colorado

What happens when you send over 700 students, introduce them to over 70 community leaders and send them to 25 different locations across Eagle County?

The answer is school and community cooperation.

The first Eagle Valley High School all-school volunteer day was a huge success. Students and staff cleaned senior citizen windows, cleaned out gardens, painted businesses, picked up trash, organized material, tutored children, cleaned swimming pools, washed fire trucks, police and sheriff’s cars. They cleaned out stalls, created play spaces for children, and cleaned up the parks and campgrounds. They painted decks, put up fences, and groomed our fields to name a few.

Over 2,400 hours of service were completed.

We want to thank all the community business leaders, parents, and organizations that were a part of this busy day. It was much more than allowing our students to do the work. The day fostered communication and goodwill among the entire community.

Eagle Valley High School students are extremely proud of the work they did in our community. It helped them realize the importance of giving back.

I want to thank Mark Strakbein (Eagle Valley principal) for his support and help with this day. His enthusiasm and dedication to this project helped make it happen.

A huge thanks to the Eagle County School Transportation and Melanie McMichael for transporting our students. We could not have done it without you.

Linda Hatton (school secretary) spent endless hours putting a student bus list together. We appreciate you.

Thank you to the town of Gypsum for always believing in our students. Your continued support of our all school community service scholarship is greatly appreciated.

We can’t thank the owners of Eagle Embroidery enough for donating their time and money for making our volunteer T-shirts for every student, staff member, and community leader. Everyone loved the shirts, Sherry.

I want to especially thank the students and staff at Eagle Valley High School. Your enthusiasm and positive attitudes made the day not only festtive, but fun. My hope is that you will continue to give your time to community service efforts throughout the summer and the 2010-11 school year. Have a great summer!

Susan Scott

Eagle Valley High School

teacher-community service coordinator

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