Feb 05 2011
‘One Day Federal Way’ kicks off Feb. 22 | More than 150 volunteers sign up for service project

 
 
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Advancing Leadership Youth class of 2011 are behind a project called "One Day Federal Way."

By Andy Hobbs
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The seed has been planted for an annual day dedicated to making Federal Way a better place.
The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce’s Advancing Leadership Youth (ALY) program will hold its service project, “One Day Federal Way,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at three locations: Mark Twain Elementary, Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School.
The 30 students in the ALY class of 2011 have recruited nearly 150 volunteers to spruce up the outdoor areas at these three schools. Tasks include painting a brick play area at Mark Twain as well as cleaning up weeds and installing beauty bark on the schools’ courtyards. The goal is to attract 300 volunteers — and eventually turn the One Day Federal Way concept into a tradition that benefits multiple facets of the community.
“I hope it’s something we can do every year,” said Teri Hickel, executive director of Advancing Leadership. “We’re putting ideas in these kids’ minds. It’s amazing what they do independently.”
Ashley Pinson, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School, said her ALY class chose to help Federal Way schools with the highest number of students who receive reduced-cost lunches. These schools will receive donations of food and clothing, including socks and underwear, she said.
“My hope for that day is that it would motivate more people to consider the schools and see the change that can happen in one day,” said Pinson, 17. “In a perfect world, this would continue.”
To learn more about volunteering, contact Teri Hickel: terih@federalwaychamber.com or (253) 528-0846.

Watch a video about project ideas for ALY’s class of 2011, including "One Day Federal Way:"


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