MCC and Missoula school team up for Global Youth Service Day

  • April 07, 2014
  • Posted by Joellen Shannon, Marketing and Development Director

On Saturday April 12th Sussex Students will join the Montana Conservation Corps and Five Valleys Land Trust for a day of service on their newly acquired conservation easement at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clark Fork Rivers.  This day of service and trail work for Sussex Students is part of the school’s annual Ecothon event. 

The Ecothon day of service is a mix of litter removal and service projects throughout Missoula and surrounding areas.  Every year students pick up enough litter to fill up an entire dump truck.  In addition, middle school students will participate in service projects which includes the trail project at Rock Creek, a city park clean-up at Rose Park, service at the River Road Community Garden, and a pathway project with the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project. 

The service project at Rock Creek is especially exciting because of the partners involved and the educational component for students at Sussex.  The trail work the youth will be performing will be led by the Montana Conservation Corps and Five Valleys Land Trust.  The trail and easement will be open to the public in the coming year.

According to Robyn Gaddy, the Sussex School Director, “Youth service is a national movement and recognizes that children have the capacity to create positive change through service to others and their community.  Service learning is a focus at Sussex and can contribute to social and emotional health, academic success, civic participation, and on overall feeling of connectivity and responsibility to one’s community. These are qualities we value at Sussex”.

According to Bobby Grillo, Regional Supervisor for the MCC, “Service to one’s community can be a transformative process for youth and young adults.  At the MCC we see clear benefits that are the result from participation in our programs which are statewide and employ over 375 Americorps volunteers in regional service every year”.

Ecothon and the trail work at Rock Creek is scheduled for April 12 from 9am-4pm.  Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students and their families will work to clean up Missoula, all the while earning pledged dollars from sponsors for educational spring field trips. 

Contact: Joellen Shannon, Marketing and Development Director
Sussex School
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406.549.8327, 406.241.6689


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