About sixty students and ten adults were in Vernonia during the weekend of April 6-7 working on several projects to help the community.
The students were part of the Sierra Service Project and were all high school and middle school aged. They came from all over the western United States to spend their spring break doing service work. A handful of local Vernonia school students and citizens joined the Sierra Service students as well.
The students worked at the Vernonia Pioneer Museum where they did landscaping work, planted trees at the new Vernonia Schools campus, cleaned bricks from the old high school that will be used to build pathways in the Community Garden, painted at the American Legion Hall, cleaned up some City owned properties and did yard work for several senior citizens.
The students camped out for the weekend in the Vernonia Schools Campus where they were able to use the showers and the kitchen.
Sierra Service Project is an independent, interdenominational Christian 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They provide life-changing experiences for youth of all denominations through acts of service.
A group of college students are spending their Spring Break this year in Vernonia.
Yes, you read that correctly. Twelve students have forsaken sunshine, bikinis and alcohol to work outdoors in the rainy coastal range of Oregon.
The students signed up through Sierra Service Project based out of Carmichael, California near Sacramento. The students are from Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Next week students arrive from Central Washington University for a similar experience. And in April a group about fifty students aged twelve to eighteen who are affiliated with church youth groups from all over the west will arrive in Vernonia to work instead of play during their Spring Break. Read More