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BCLUW students start new volunteer program

School-community partnership underway in Conrad

October 6, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

CONRAD - Students from BCLUW High School are invading their community - in a good way.

A group has started participating in the Silver Cord Service Program, which is a cooperation between BCLUW and the Conrad Chamber-Main Street to encourage students to volunteer in the area.

If they complete 30 hours of volunteer service per year they are at BCLUW High School, they will be able to wear the silver cord and be recognized at graduation.

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This group of BCLUW High School students are getting involved in a new volunteer program known as Silver Cord.

"This is an opportunity for kids that do so many things in the community to be honored," said BCLUW Principal Cari Teske. "We get a lot of community support at the high school and it's a way for us to thank them."

Students are out and about in the area helping clean windows at businesses, lending a hand at nursing homes, tutoring younger students, helping at the library and several other places where their volunteer time is welcome.

"The students can tailor it to what their interests are," said BCLUW teacher Austin Schlatter, who is one of the school staff leaders of the effort. "This is teaching them a lot of skills, how to communicate with people in the community and to think of others."

Senior Mckenzie Simpson said he has volunteered at the Conrad Chamber-Main Street and has enjoyed giving back.

"It gives me experience and I'm helping out in the community," he said.

Darla Ubben, director of the Conrad Chamber-Main Street, said they started the program to help build character and values that stress the importance of community service. She is are encouraged by how many students are signing up and willing to share their time with the community.

"We've had great response so far," Ubben said.



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