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Minot High students give back

Andrea Johnson/MDN Lukas Jarmin, a junior at Minot High School-Magic City Campus, helped organize theater costumes on Wednesday at the Full STEAM Ahead office in southwest Minot as part of a day of volunteering.

Minot High School students gave back to the community on Wednesday by working at different sites throughout the city.

“I liked the name Full STEAM Ahead,” said Lukas Jarmin, a junior who was helping organize the storage room along with 11 classmates at the Minot youth organization. “It sounds cool.”

Other students were volunteering at places like Roosevelt Park Zoo, YMCA, parks and other areas, said English teacher Chad Gifford.

Gifford said that Minot High educators have been trying to organize the day of community service for about three years but previous efforts were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic and by a spring blizzard. Wednesday was the first day they actually got to implement it.

It was a required activity for all of the high school students, whose teachers paid note to their attendance and participation, but they had the opportunity to pick where they wanted to work.

Allison Auch, the executive director of Full STEAM Ahead, said the students helped a lot. Some of the students helped her organize theater costumes that had not been used for years and were moving and organizing props and furniture and other items.

“One kid was going through and replacing all the wheels on our tables, which is amazing!” said Auch.

Gifford said educators believe it is important for students to be engaged in and contribute to the community.

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