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Service Projects Galore and so Much More!

Summer Special Olympics Summer wasn’t all about vacation to Edina Community Education’s school-age participants. While many kids spent this past summer at camp with friends or traveling with family, middle schoolers in the Summer Sonic program focused on lending a hand and making new friends.

In the early summer, a student group was formed with PACER to help voice the importance of bullying prevention. Then turning to the outdoors, students worked on a watershed project with Friends of the Mississippi to clean out and stencil storm drains. To finish out the month of June, several middle schoolers attended the Summer Special Olympics (see photo) to cheer on teams from all over Minnesota as well as their very own friends from Edina!

In the later half of the program, Summer Sonic participants partnered with the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and Sunrise of Edina to build relationships. Students helped prepare snacks and play with toddlers at the Nursery, and then visited residents at Sunrise to play games and participate in art projects with them.

“Our summer program focused on trying new things and growing independence,” said Carrie Proctor, Middle School Program Manager. “The kids want to help out, but they aren’t always sure how. These service projects gave them that opportunity to make a difference and experience something new.”