By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Riverton, Wyo.) – On the day before Thanksgiving with Wednesday’s late start of school and only a half day planned, Riverton High School turned the nervous energy of students ready for vacation into 45 different work crews this morning. “Wolverines In Action” was organized by RHS Leadership where all kids in school this day were sent out to perform community service projects across the city.
From the Fairgrounds to the Airport, from Rendezvous Ponds to the Rails to Trails pathway, from the Senior Citzens Center to Sunset Park, students fanned out to pick up trash, rake leaves, help decorate the elementary schools for the holiday, write letters to military service men and women, and prepared for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Dinner distribution, among a myriad of other activities.
Sponsor Ely Talbott said the event is one way the students can give back to the community. On nearly every block around town, students with rakes and trash bags were busy cleaning gutters, raking lawns and generally sprucing up the neighborhood.
A bus full of students from Kristy Richmond’s home room headed to Aspen Park school where they were going to help in the library and decorate for the holiday season. Beau Sheets’ home room class was busy at the corner of East First and Pershing raking leaves at Richard Bennett’s home, and then they were scheduled to do a clean up of Sunset Park. Marianne Vinich’s home room was policing the ground around the high school campus while inside RHS, Gay Hughes’ home room and the Key Club were decorating the commons. Pam Pince’s class from the Alternative School were cleaning up around that building, and picking up litter on the east side of Wolverine Field.
In addition to Wolverines In Action, the RHS Key Club is conducting a “service marathon” Wednesday and Thursday and will be working for 26 hours and 385 seconds, ending up 385 seconds past 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The Club is decorating the commons at the high school and middle school and then overnight they will be preparing to deliver some 450 Thanksgiving meals on Thursday. The Key Clubbers will also be cleaning and organzing toys for their toy store, making fleece blankets for Children of Peace International, making “bones” for the Million Bones Project at UW (a genocide awareness project) and organzing food boxes for middle school students needing food over the holiday break, among other activities.