Kids turn summer into service with Care-A-Van

Preparing for a trip in the Care-A-Van are, from left, students Faith Leavitt, Nessa Grant, Angelina Maczuzak, Savannah Maczuzak and Faith Anklam. Not pictured is Quintin Stephens.

Summer vacation from school is a time to kick back, relax and do nothing. But not for these kids.

A unique group of Ripon students has spent the past month going from place to place — such as non-profits, businesses or senior homes — volunteering around town.

One day, they’re at the Ripon Public Library. The next it’s the Little White Schoolhouse. Then it’s off to the Ripon Historical Society, or stopping at Traded Treasures, a local senior home or the hospital.

Every weekday, for about a month straight. It’s wrapping up this week.

It’s part of the first-ever Ripon Summer School “Care-A-Van” program, coordinated in part through the Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County Inc.

“The Care-A-Van is a summer school program where each day of class, the students get on a van and travel to a different non-profit and perform two hours of service, receive a tour of the agency they are volunteering with and hopefully gain a better understanding of why what they are doing is making a difference for that agency,” Volunteer Center Executive Director Nancy Zompolas said.

This is the first summer it’s taken root in Ripon. The driver/chaperone is Tracy O’Brien.

Students include Murray Park Elementary School students Faith Anklam, Faith Leavitt, Nessa Grant, Quintin Stephens, and Angelina and Savannah Maczuzak ... Read the full story in the July 17 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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