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Twenty White Cloud Junior/Senior High School students spent an afternoon working on a new community garden at the Newaygo County Commission on Aging in White Cloud.

The sixth- through 11th-graders were from the REACH (Respect, Excellence, Academics, Community, Health) out-of-school time program, a TrueNorth community service at White Cloud Public Schools.

The students mulched, weeded and prepped the beds for vegetable planting in the senior-accessible garden plot on the grounds of the Newaygo County Commission on Aging (COA).  The volunteer effort on Thursday, April 25, was undertaken for Global Youth Service Day, a community-focused service initiative.

“This opportunity really allowed them to become more aware of service projects in their community,” said Mandi Krzbez, REACH Site Manager. “It gave them a sense of pride in the work they accomplished.”

The project was created with a Northwest Michigan Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition grant through District Health Department #10 and a grant from Fremont Area Community Foundation.

“We want to thank all the youth that came out to help enhance the quality of life for those 60 and over in Newaygo County,” said Andrea Murray, Newaygo County COA Programs and Community Relations Coordinator.

To get involved with the garden, contact Murray at or (231) 689-2100.

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