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My Town: Students improve community during Junior Day of Caring
My Town: Students improve community during Junior Day of Caring

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Dozens of parks and local organizations are a lot cleaner, thanks to the hard work of nearly 1,000 middle school student volunteers.

On May 2, eighth grade students from Lakeshore Middle School spent the morning volunteering at 30 local nonprofit organizations and parks, cleaning, landscaping organizing and sorting.  Other students spent time painting nails and playing games with the elderly, as part of the Greater Ottawa County United Way’s Junior Day of Caring.

Sixth grade students from White Pines Middle School did their part late last month, clearing invasive plants and picking up garbage at Ottawa County parks.  Overall, the students donated 1,950 hours of their time.

"It is incredible to see these kids working together to make a difference. This event has a powerful impact on our community and on the students themselves," said Shannon Morton, United Way’s director of volunteerism.

Student transportation for the Junior Day of Caring was paid for by a $1,500 grant from the Youth Advisory Council of the Grand haven Area Community Foundation.  Meijer also donated $100 to support the event.

To learn more about volunteering in the community, visit www.ottawacountyunitedway.org/volunteer or call (616) 396-7811.