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Kent Students Hooked on Habitat Conservation:
1,000 Volunteer Hours in Less Than Four Months

from Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Since the start of the 2014-15 school year, Kent high school students have already chosen to give over 1,000 hours of community service by getting cold, dirty, wet and scratched. And they keep coming back for more.

The students are digging out blackberry roots and other invasive weeds, planting native trees and doing additional restoration work for the Green Kent Partnership. The long-term goal is to restore more than 1,300 acres of publicly owned forests and other natural areas back to healthy, functioning habitats. Key partners with the city are Forterra, King Conservation District, Kent Parks Foundation and community members.

Kent's four high schools and three academies each sets its own number of community service credits required for graduation, and additional credits are earned by honor society and service club participants. Students choose where they want to volunteer, and the city's Parks Department competes with any number of nonprofit and faith-based organizations. What's remarkable is that so many of these teens return to Green Kent events time after time, some even after they've met their requirements. They can see that they're part of something bigger than a one-time experience.

The City of Kent has done an incredible job of getting students engaged in the community. Read more about their efforts. more

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