FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 23, 2006
Students volunteer to paint senior citizens' homes in Ruskin
Students from Ruskin and Hickman Mills high schools will paint four houses Oct. 30 in the Ruskin community.
The Hickman Mills School District is planning to build on this project to increase participation in the spring National Youth Service Day. The City of Kansas City, Mo., coordinated this effort not only to help some people who need assistance, but also to promote volunteerism.
"When volunteers can directly see the impact they have on a community and individuals, they are more likely to want to volunteer again. Our goal is that this volunteer session will help these young people develop an appreciation for volunteering," said Thalia Cherry, youth advocate in the City Manager's Office.
The 30 students will paint the senior citizens' homes with paint and supplies provided by the Neighborhood and Community Services Department. Employees from the Parks and Recreation Department will provide instruction on how to paint and representatives from the school district will supervise.