Day of Caring: WDC Schools way of 'giving back' to the community
What better way to spend a beautiful, sunny Wednesday than having our high school students volunteering outdoors during WDC's 11th annual Day of Caring.
A total of 237 students in grades 9-12 and about 25 staff went to 119 homes to rake leaves, clean out flower beds, wash first-floor windows and more -- in the largest Day of Caring to date!
"We had to stop accepting requests because we have a limited amount of time and students to complete jobs and we want to be able to do a good job for the residents," said Dawn Hamelau, WDC's National Honor Society advisor.
Students and staff were thrilled to provide this service opportunity for our community members. It's also a chance for our students to meet some really nice people in our communities.
For WDC freshman Sierra Sibert, this was her first time volunteering at Day of Caring. Her expectations were definitely exceeded. "I wish we could do it another day. I really enjoyed it," she said.
The annual Day of Caring is coordinated by National Honor Society students. This year's coordinators, who deserve special recognition for organizing this huge event, are Ashley Adams, Kylee Hopp, Elissa Ikola, Sophie Kreklau and McKenzie Salge.
The National Honor Society of Wadena-Deer Creek High School would also like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship and donations toward Day of Caring. These wonderful contributions help make Day of Caring possible:
**City of Wadena - leaf garbage bag pickup (you've got your work cut out for you tomorrow!)
**Culligan - bottled water
**Abby's Bakery - cookies
**Russ Davis - fruit
**WDC School Buses/Drivers for transporting students to and from work sites.
**WDC teachers and staff who helped supervise crews as well as work right alongside students.
**WDC School District for allowing students to take a day off to volunteer in our communities.
**WDC NHS advisor Dawn Hamelau for her work, along with her trusty assistants, Kelly Shrode and Brenda Thelen.
**Residents who offered our kids treats, lemonade, pop, water and even Dairy Queen treat coupons, as well as monetary donations. THANK YOU for your kindness!
Lastly, THANK YOU to everyone who supported this event and helped our students "give back" to our communities! It truly was a GREAT day to be a WOLVERINE!