Bear Lake students take part in village clean-up project

BEAR LAKE — It’s never too early to plant the seed of the importance of community pride.

More than 20 Bear Lake High School juniors recently showed their community pride by helping to clean up the community. The students donated several hours to work on weeding, raking, sweeping and other clean-up projects at various points around the community.

More than 20 Bear Lake High School juniors recently showed their community pride by helping to clean up the community. The students donated several hours to work on weeding, raking, sweeping and other clean-up projects at various points around the community.

Members of the junior class at Bear Lake Schools were able to learn that important lesson last week when they worked with officials from the Village of Bear Lake and the Bear Watershed Alliance on a variety of clean-up projects around the community.

Teacher John Prokes said he wasn’t the least bit surprised that after hearing about the project the Bear Lake students not only stepped up, but wanted to help in any way possible. With summer coming on and the tourist season heading into the peak time of the year, the goal was to shine and spruce up the community.

“Barb Farfsing reached out to my students for help cleanup at the rain garden in front of the village library and to possibly clean and rake within the village at the beach and at various location,” said Prokes.

When the students heard what was needed from them from Farfsing they quickly went to work cleaning, pulling weeds and doing a variety of other tasks. Prokes said seeing it was the end of the school year, next year’s senior class wanted to get their final year as  Lakers off to a good start.

“As it worked out my juniors were done early with final exams, so we decided to use that two hour block of time to help out,” said Prokes. “We had about 20 of them who signed up for the event and they were all excited about the chance to make Bear Lake look good.”

Prokes said what was amazing is how much the students were able to accomplish in such short time frame.

pic 2“It was a beautiful day and our students took a lot of pride in seeing the difference they made in such a short time,” said Prokes. “It helps to get summer off to a nice start in Bear Lake.”

Residents of Bear Lake have always been group who are immensely proud of their community and as Prokes pointed out, this was a valuable lesson to teach the students. But just as important was the passing of the baton to another generation this will hopefully carry that same community spirit well into the future.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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