Good works were definitely in evidence in Arlington for Good Friday, April 22, as 104 students from Highland Christian School spent the day performing tasks to spruce up their school and the streets of their community.
Kindergarten and first grade students cleaned every classroom in the HCS school building and left a special note for the teacher, while second and third graders folded several hundred socks and undergarments for Kids Kloset, a nonprofit organization that provides gently used and new clothing for Arlington school children. Students in fourth and fifth grades cleaned and painted the lunchroom cafeteria tables.
Older students took on tasks that benefited the larger Arlington community. Sixth graders filled flower boxes at a local business while seventh graders swept the sidewalks of Olympic Avenue.
Downtown windows were cleaned by HCS 8th grade students, and 9th and 10th graders weeded in front of and behind Olympic Avenue businesses.
Dare 2 Dream ministries received helping hands from 11th grade students, and seniors from the Christian school assisted at the Stillaguamish Pioneer Museum for the day.
Arlington's downtown business owners were thrilled with the kids' attention to detail and their willingness to help.
Jennifer from Jennifer's Pet Grooming said, "I was so impressed with the kids that they would even come and sweep our sidewalks. The kids were respectful and kind."
Myrtle Rausch, president of Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum added, "The SVPM would like to thank all of the high school seniors and adults who came to help the pioneers clean the flowerbeds. They did a great job."