8th grade students construct the recycling centers for Ophir Elementary School. PHOTO COURTESY LAURA SEYFANG

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Community members teach 8th grade students about service

Rotary Club of Big Sky Rotarians Jo Lieburg, Tim Kent, Blair Mohn, Woody Burt, Laura Seyfang and Big Sky Community Food Bank director Sarah Gaither helped teach the 8th grade class about service, according to Rotary President Laura Seyfang. The week-long effort allowed for the kids to hear from a past Peace Corps member who worked in Tanzania. They participated in a third world micro-lending simulation, learned about what local and national non profits do to help the community and also learned more about recycling. 

According to Seyfang, the children enthusiastically built an alligator-shaped recycling bin for the Ophir Elementary School. 

Student Samantha “Sammy” Ayers said she appreciated the fun way that things were presented. 

“When we were making the recycling boxes for the elementary school we got to make a really cool design. I enjoyed making the recycling boxes because I am really into helping the environment,” she said. “I think a lot of us took away that we need to start doing something now to help our earth and the people that live on the earth.” 

Students helped sort and mark dried goods for the Food Bank, made over 100 cards to put in Thanksgiving boxes for families that needed holiday meals and visited the Habitat for Humanity teacher housing being built behind the school. 

“Hopefully all students were inspired to add a component of Service to make their life and the world around them richer,” Seyfang said. 

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