TOLEDO, Ohio – Over 60 students from After-School All-Stars Ohio (ASAS Ohio) in Toledo took part in Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) on April 16th. Students from Hawkins and Walbridge Elementary Schools participated in the clean up of Side Cut Metropark in Maumee, OH, while Birmingham Elementary School students joined East Toledo Family Center to facilitate community clean up.
“Our students really enjoyed doing the work. It was a beautiful day to help clean up our Metropark and community,” said Rachel Geske, ASAS Toledo site manager at Walbridge Elementary. ASAS students from Walbridge and Hawkins raked leaves, mulched and cut down branches along the river.
United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) was the main organizer of the event, supplying all the ASAS students with t-shirts to wear during the event. After students finished their volunteer work, there was a celebration given by UWGT involving carnival games, music and a catered lunch.
GYSD is a coordinated annual event by Youth Service America that gathers youth from around the world to do service that betters their communities. It happens in April in more than 100 countries around the world, making it the largest annual event of its kind.