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Global Youth Service Day Activities Planned for Saturday

April 22, 2009

Sara Girard and Jamie MacDonald, second graders at Montana City School, stretch with Secretary of State Linda McCulloch before volunteering at a Global Youth Service Day event on April 25, 2009.

April 25, 2009

Sara Girard and Jamie MacDonald, second graders at Montana City School, stretch their arms with Secretary of State Linda McCulloch before volunteering at a Global Youth Service Day event.

(Helena) - Secretary of State Linda McCulloch will roll up her sleeves this weekend and join students from across the state in celebrating Global Youth Service Day in Montana. Activities kick off around 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25th in Women's Park in Helena.

"This is the largest service event in the world," said McCulloch. "In Montana, young folks contribute a great deal to society, and this weekend we'll be celebrating those efforts."

Global Youth Service Day is held every April in more than 100 countries around the world. Its goals are to mobilize, support and educate the public about community projects. Capital High School Senior Cassie Shaver is a dedicated student volunteer.

"This is a great opportunity to show that Montana's youth care about their communities, and that group efforts can make a difference," said Shaver. "I'm looking forward to it!"

"My role will be to help young Montanans identify a path of lifelong service and civic engagement in their community," said McCulloch. "I invite the public to come out and celebrate youth service while enjoying live music, food and activities."

Following the kickoff celebration, students will disperse to various volunteer sites. Painters will help restore Memorial Park's Playground, pet lovers will head to the Humane Society and others will assist the Trash for Trees recycling program and the Good Samaritan.

The service day isn't exclusive to students, as people of all ages are invited to lend a helping hand. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities or to sign up, please logon to the Helena School District website at http://www.helena.k12.mt.us and click on Global Youth Service Day.