Spokane students learning importance of giving back to community

Spokane students learning importance of giving back to community

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Public Schools are participating in different volunteer activities all week long in honor of Spokane Gives Week, with district leaders showing the importance of students giving back to the community.

"We have a variety of schools doing special projects this week," said Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger.

On Wednesday Redinger presented Spokane Mayor David Condon with a time sheet which listed 79,904 hours of community service completed by Spokane Public Schools from last September to this March..

"It is exciting to see what these kids are doing for our community and early on putting into their mentality the idea of giving back to our community," Condon said.

The district hopes to reach 100,000 hours by the end of the week. Several schools, like Hamblen Elementary, have teamed up with Spokane Ponderosa to plant trees on school grounds as a way of giving back to the community. On Wednesday Hamblen Elementary planted roughly 150 trees.

There are still many opportunities to participate in Spokane Gives week. For a list of volunteer opportunities visit spokanegives.org.