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Enrollment open for summer youth volunteer program

A local volunteer program is offering youths a way to stay busy this summer by helping the community.

Summer of Service lets participants volunteer with several local organizations over an eight-week period. The program is run by the Sunrise Project and open to youths ages 12 to 18. A donation of $25 per week is requested, but not required, in order to participate.

As part of the program, participants sign up for a specific volunteer project. Each project is a week long, and volunteers will help out Monday through Friday for three hours per day. There is one project each week in June and July, and participants can sign up to help with multiple projects if they would like.

The following organizations will host projects: Habitat for Humanity, school gardens, Ballard Community Services, Community Shelter, Just Food, Hidden Valley Camp, Family Promise, Humane Society and the Sunrise Project. A full schedule and description of the volunteer work involved with each project is available here.

New this year, youths can also sign up for Advocacy Week to be held July 18-22. Participants will work with various organizations to learn how to create positive social change.

For more information, visit the program's website or email programs@sunriseprojectks.org


In other news and notes:

  • Broken Arrow Elementary will hold Theater Arts Day for third-graders from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Kindergartners at Hillcrest Elementary will take a field trip to the Natural History Museum.

  • First-graders at Langston Hughes Elementary will perform their music program from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Second-graders will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Third-graders at New York Elementary will take a field trip to the Lawrence Arts Center. The Garden Club will meet from 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.


Lunch menu options:

Elementary school level

Main dish: chicken quesadilla; black bean quesadilla; tuna sandwich; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick

Sides: refried beans, tomato salsa, tropical fruit salad, salad bar, milk

Middle school level

Main dish: chicken quesadilla; black bean quesadilla; tuna sandwich; hamburger; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick; veggie shaker

Sides: refried beans, salad bar, tropical fruit salad, tomato salsa, milk

High school level

Main dish: chicken nuggets with roll; sloppy Joe on bun; cereal with string cheese; parfaits with muffin; pizza; veggie shaker; peanut butter and jelly with string cheese; chef salad with breadstick; daily sandwiches; deli bar

Sides: mashed potatoes with gravy, baked beans, salad bar, mandarin oranges and pineapple, fresh fruit, fruit sorbet, fruit juice, oven potatoes, milk


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