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Future teachers to help clean up schools with volunteer work

Education majors Avaree McDonald, a senior at Baker University from Beloit, front, and Megan Lutz, Kansas State junior from Topeka, pictured Friday at Deerfield School, will lead more than 80 college students volunteering with landscaping and other projects at four Lawrence elementary schools today. The future teachers are in town for a conference with the Kansas National Education Association.

Education majors Avaree McDonald, a senior at Baker University from Beloit, front, and Megan Lutz, Kansas State junior from Topeka, pictured Friday at Deerfield School, will lead more than 80 college students volunteering with landscaping and other projects at four Lawrence elementary schools today. The future teachers are in town for a conference with the Kansas National Education Association.

March 27, 2010

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Dozens of college students from across Kansas, who hope to one day teach in the state, will be lending helping hands today at four Lawrence elementary schools.

About 85 volunteers will grab rakes, pruners and shovels for landscaping jobs at Deerfield, Quail Run, Woodlawn and New York schools as part of Outreach to Teach by the Kansas National Education Association’s Student Program.

College students clean up elementary schools

Future teachers went to area elementary schools to help clean them up. Enlarge video

The community service project “gives people a good understanding of what it’s going to be like when they are a teacher,” said Avaree McDonald, a Baker University senior and music education major. “And I think it definitely shows the schools that people are interested in trying to help even though education is kind of in a rough time right now.”

The students are in Lawrence this weekend for a KNEA Student Program leadership conference. McDonald and President-elect Megan Lutz, a Kansas State University junior and elementary education major, started the volunteer project after participating in a national one last summer.

“We were inspired so we wanted to bring it back to Kansas,” McDonald said.

KNEA advisers and parent groups at the schools will join the students. They will work to clear brush, haul mulch and otherwise spruce up the outside of the schools at a time when many Kansas schools need outside help because of the state’s fiscal crisis.

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ZoniaLaretta 4 years, 9 months ago

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puddleglum 4 years, 9 months ago

nice shirt, sorry bout those kittykats.

imamomma 4 years, 9 months ago

I hope they find a job! 2 degrees and working on a 3rd......still the hiring freeze prevails!

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