2009-04-01 / News

Students Volunteer Time To Clean At Sauder Village

Kayla York, PHS freshman, wears white gloves while using a paintbrush to dust artifacts in the Sauder Village museum building. She was one of more than 50 PHS "homebound" students who volunteered at the village Monday, March 30. - courtesy photo     Kayla York, PHS freshman, wears white gloves while using a paintbrush to dust artifacts in the Sauder Village museum building. She was one of more than 50 PHS "homebound" students who volunteered at the village Monday, March 30. - courtesy photo When 55 Pettisville High School students traveled on a music trip to Orlando, Fla., about 55 others were left behind.

Known as the "homebound" students, they found a way to occupy one day by devoting a day of community service at the Sauder Village, Monday, March 30.

Joined by teachers, the homebound students pitched in to take on many tasks, and with just a month until the village opens for the season, there was plenty to do.

Students cleaned the general store, herb shop, and Village Trader building. They washed windows and dusted the 1910 farmhouse, and cleaned throughout the museum building.

They cleaned chicken coops, the sheep shed, and the 1910 barn.

Others picked up paint brushes and wrenches, then traveled to the campground to tighten bolts on the picnic tables, and give the tables a fresh coat of sealer.

Others raked the grounds and picked up sticks in the Village, and picked up around the Barn Restaurant parking lot.

Kris Jemmott, director of historic village operations, said, "As a non-profit organization, having this group volunteer nearly 300 hours is an invaluable gift. We truly appreciate their hard work, and hope the students had a fun day helping in their community."

Every year, volunteers of all ages donate time and talent to the village, and there are many opportunities to volunteer.

Sauder Village opens the 2009 season Tuesday, April 28.

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