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Draper youth organize day of service

Posted - Sep. 18, 2010 at 10:57 p.m.


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DRAPER -- Getting a teenager out of bed on a Saturday can be a difficult task, but that wasn't a problem for many parents in Draper this weekend.

Hundreds of teens from high schools across the city spent the day serving their community as part of Draper's Youth Service Day. The morning kicked off with a 5k run/walk to fight childhood obesity.

The entire day was organized and run by Draper's young people. Members of the community were able to donate food, clothing and other items at several drop-off locations set up across the city.

The event also included a blood drive, clearing of trails in Corner Canyon, volunteering at the city's animal shelter, quilting and many other activities. Those who participated couldn't wait to do it again next year.

"It's really awesome," said Brandon Smith, who serves on the city's Youth Council. "It wouldn't be my first thing to do on a Saturday, but it's really cool that so many people have come."

Organizers of the event said students at Alta and Jordan high schools used the event as an activity before their school's dances Saturday night.

In addition, representatives from over 25 Utah charities set up information booths on how youth and families could get involved in service.

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