OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.
Youth from the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake volunteered at Mark Twain Elementary school in late January for some very early spring cleaning.
More than 60 youth and leaders from 11 wards met early on a Saturday morning for a scheduled service project organized by Paul Baclawski, first counselor in the stake presidency. Working closely with the school's principal, Dr. Sandra Phillips, several projects were identified where the LDS young people could provide a lending hand.
The Church and local businesses donated materials such as work gloves, wood chips for playground equipment and dishes to benefit the school. In all, the youth donated more than 180 hours.
"It's great that the kids could help. There's just so much to do and the teachers here just can't do it all," said Dr. Phillips.
The service project was part of an all-day winter youth conference that was followed by lunch and games, and concluded with a fireside and dance.