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Oklahoma: Mormon youth volunteer at Mark Twain Elementary

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.

Tanya Chapparo (left) and Natalie Wilkinson (right) help pack dishes. Over 60 youth participated in the service project.
Tanya Chapparo (left) and Natalie Wilkinson (right) help pack dishes. Over 60 youth participated in the service project. Photo: Photo by Richard Crane

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.

Tyler Arney stacks some boxes on a cart. Project materials were donated by local businesses and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tyler Arney stacks some boxes on a cart. Project materials were donated by local businesses and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo: Photo by Richard Crane
From left, Lauren Cronk, Hannah Erb and Sarah Gunnell move boxes as part of an all-day winter youth conference.
From left, Lauren Cronk, Hannah Erb and Sarah Gunnell move boxes as part of an all-day winter youth conference. Photo: Photo by Richard Crane
Wes Christensen picks up outside the school as part of the service project.
Wes Christensen picks up outside the school as part of the service project. Photo: Photo by Richard Crane
Tanner Pitts (left) and Patrick Carver (right) move a refrigerator to help out.
Tanner Pitts (left) and Patrick Carver (right) move a refrigerator to help out. Photo: Photo by Richard Crane

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.

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