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Milbank School Program Promotes Serving

November 18, 2012, 10:02 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Milbank School Program Promotes Serving
MILBANK, SD -

After their school started a new voluntary program, Milbank elementary students are helping in the community and say they want to continue it.

Observing the kids at work, school administrators say they’re especially proud.

"I made posters so everybody brings a canned food item," elementary student Korbin Leddy said.

"It was fun because I knew I was helping," elementary student Jaylin Jonason said.

And other third, fourth and fifth graders in Milbank are doing the same. It's through a program the schools started this year.

Students need to log a certain number of volunteer hours outside of school and they earn a letter. They can earn up to six and become a member of the Bull Dog Nation.

"You know in service learning you get more than you give. And that's what these students are learning," elementary principal Linda Foos said.

You can see evidence of their work around the school. Some have projects displayed and posters hung. You'll see proof in the community as well.

One project has sent more to the food pantry in town. Community service worker Stephanie Bogaus says that'll help several people.

"It's a good time to see the kids step up. Yep, I enjoy them," Bogaus said.

At the school, the kids involved say they're game to continue serving.

"I sold lemonade to get money for leashes for the pond," elementary student Arica Johnson said.

"When Mrs. Foos came in our room and talked to us about it, I thought I should try and earn a letter for helping people," elementary student Ethan Sullivan said.

Some said it was hard work. But none have said they regret their time serving.

The school is trying to use the program to develop leaders. Participants earn a seat on student council.

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