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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Make A Difference Pontow Way...

This year Chad and I have been trying to teach our kids about giving back and volunteering. The kids have been active in boy scouts and girl scouts which are both organizations that pride themselves on this thinking. It was very important to us to take part in Make A Difference Day on Saturday, 10/27/12. It was a chilly Saturday morning, but that did not stop us. Or maybe it was the hot cocoa that kept us all going. :)

I had contacted our city to see if there were any parks that we could go and clean up. Our city was so excited that we were looking to do this. They checked to see which parks could use some tender care and then let us pick which one we wanted to go to work on. We decided to do the one that was located by our school. We knew we would not be able to get the whole park done, but we know that we were making a difference by working on part of the park.
Each of the kids grabbed a rake and started working on a designated area. We did bring a couple electronic gadgets to help since it was just the 5 of us and we wanted to make as big of a dent as possible in this large park. It was really a great experience for all of us. There were no tears shed over having to work together on this project. And we all felt great (well maybe I was a wee bit sore) having done this for our community!

Jack was pretty excited to be able to use this tool to suck up some of the leaves in certain areas and then bring them over to the piles we were forming for the city to come and pick up on Monday. There was quite a feeling of accomplishment on this day. And Chad and I were both so proud of our kids for helping learn this valuable life lesson of giving back to where you live....

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