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Volunteers help out at projects around southern Wisconsin

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ANN MARIE AMES
July 17, 2011
— They’ve worshipped together and prayed together.

On Saturday they worked together.


Dozens of volunteers from 10 stateline-area churches and Rock County Christian School worked at parks and schools during what organizers hope is the first of many such organized work days.


Volunteers of all ages worked at Riverside and Rockport parks in Janesville as well as at locations in Beloit and South Beloit, Ill.


“Our motivation is to be a blessing because we have truly been blessed,” Rock County Christian School Administrator Tim Befus wrote in an email.


About 40 volunteers participated in the event, Befus said.


The idea started at a monthly meeting of church leaders, said the Rev. Matt Graf of First Baptist Church in Clinton. The churches previously had participated in rallies, but Saturday’s volunteer event was the first organized work day, Graf said.


Graf led a small group of volunteers Saturday morning at Clinton Elementary School. They scrubbed and scuffed the cinderblock walls in the school’s foyer and prepped for fresh coats of paint.


The smallest volunteers were former Clinton elementary students Cora and Jordan Laatz. The 10-year-old twins will start fifth grade in the fall at Clinton Middle School. They hopped and jumped to reach as high as they could while sanding the old coat of paint.


Their small size made it easy for them to paint the lower edge of the wall.


They declared it “fun” and “weird” to be working in their empty elementary school.


Graf said he hopes the kids and all the volunteers will set a good example for the church and the secular community in Rock County.


“To this county, especially, we want to show that, hey, we can all work together,” Graf said.


TO LEARN MORE

Individuals or churches interested in planning or participating in future workdays should contact Tim Befus at (608) 365-7378 or visit rccs.us.



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