By Makenzie O’Keefe

FREDERICK, Colo. (CBS4) — It is Spring Break for many students across Colorado, and for some that means a fun vacation. For others, it’s a time to come together and help others!

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The town of Frederick and Frederick High School are teaming up to provide students with a unique opportunity to volunteer. Students who are 14 years old and older, can sign up to spend some of their Spring Break working with non-profit organizations around the community.

“I’ve lived here all 15 years of my life, so I thought it was a good opportunity to give back to the community that’s given me so much. Plus, I didn’t really have much to do over Spring Break,” said FHS freshman Nathan Carter.

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Students say they don’t mind spending their breaks at home because not only is the community benefiting, they are too.

“It looks good on college applications and it makes you feel good. I like volunteering because it gives me the opportunity to meet new people,” said FHS sophomore Audrey Olson.

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Volunteering allows kids to learn more about the work that organizations are doing across town — and help out.

Each volunteer opportunity is 2-4 hours long.

Students can sign for any of these projects:

  • March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Volunteers will help build cold frames for early planting and prepare beds at Brigit’s Bounty Garden
  • March 27 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley ReStore
  • March 28 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Work on the nature trail at the Carbon Valley Regional Library
  • March 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch volunteer project and ranch exploration
  • March 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Clean vehicles and station cleanup at Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District

Students must sign up first online, with parent approval. The website to sign up is:

Makenzie O’Keefe joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2017. Read her bio, follow her on Twitter at @makenziepokeefe or email her your story ideas.


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