Give Back Day 2018 Students spend day helping locally at fifth-annual event
On May 17 the Klamath Falls City Schools and Blue Zones Project Klamath Falls are hosting the fifth annual Give Back Day.
This five-year point marks a significant milestone for Give Back Day. The Klamath Falls City Schools started Give Back Day in 2014 as a way to show the community how much students care. In total, students and staff have contributed 17,000 hours of community service. And 12,000 students have learned the value of giving back to their community.
“The Klamath Falls City Schools are dedicated to making a difference in our community through community service and partnerships,” said Valli Lonner, District Coordinator for Give Back Day. “I think these incredible numbers are a testament to the common vision all of our schools have in preparing our students to become active members in their community. Students have come to realize that they can make a difference.”
Students from across the City Schools will show their love for their community through many projects, including: window washing down Main Street and Klamath Avenue, staining downtown benches, planting flowers downtown, landscaping at Kiger Stadium, at local churches and at the Cerulean Hotel, cleaning up Veterans Park, Lake Ewauna Nature Trail, Link River Trail, Moore Park and local public areas, and running a Red Cross blood drive.
Blue Zones is organizing three additional projects where community members can give back:
- Ella Redkey Pool
- ODOT Adopt-a-Highway: Esplanade Street to Campus Drive
- Lake Ewauna Waterfront Clearing Project
“Give Back Day is an incredible way to put key Power Nine principles such as Moving Naturally, Purpose, and Right Tribe, into action,” said Rhiannon Kerr, engagement lead for Blue Zones Project. “Participating in Give Back Day allows you to use your gifts and passions to improve well-being in the Klamath Basin. What better way is there to meet new people and develop lasting relationships than to serve your community?”
The Klamath County School District is joining with Shasta Elementary holding a Give Back Day at its school. (Most county schools participate in a second give back day in the fall. The first
happened in October 2017.)
Volunteers can register to join the Blue Zones projects, or the Shasta project, on the Blue Zones Give Back Day website: http://go.bluezonesproject.com/givebackdaykf.
Those volunteering at Shasta or any City School must complete background checks at the school before volunteering. Contact the school you intend to volunteer at for more information.
Klamath Union High School students and staff will kick off Give Back Day by gathering in Modoc Field at 8:30 a.m. Then students will head downtown and across the city to complete their projects. At noon, participants will meet at Sugarman’s Corner for a group photo
commemorating the day.
Press release provided from Klamath Falls City Schools, Klamath County City Schools and Blue Zones Project.