(Kent, WA) On March 15, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board announced that the city of Kent will receive a $42,339 service-learning grant for the “Kentwood Cares for Kent” project.

(Kent, WA) On March 15, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board announced that the city of Kent will receive a $42,339 service-learning grant for the “Kentwood Cares for Kent” project.

 

To fulfill their community service requirements, juniors from Kentwood High school will partner with the city and Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services department and Kent Elementary students to complete projects focused on the environment. The students will focus primarily on tree restoration and planting, graffiti removal and prevention, and recycling.

 

The city’s Parks, Recreation & Community Services department is one of 82 community organizations across the United States and Canada to receive a service-learning grant. Nearly 1,200 grant requests were received by the Board.

 

“The ‘Kentwood Cares for Kent’ program will raise awareness about the need to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve our habitat,” said State Farm Youth Advisory Board member Vance Roush.

 

“The Kent community loves its parks and it shows in the success of our wide array of volunteer programs. This grant award from State Farm will allow us to partner directly with students and further instill an appreciation for stewardship of our public spaces,” said Jeff Watling, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

 

State Farm Vice President – Agency Patty Jackson will present the check to Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke and the city council at the next council meeting at city hall on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

 

Thirty students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada comprise the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. They are charged with helping State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada.

 

Service-learning is a teaching method that combines service to the community with classroom curriculum. It is a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility. By teaching students early about the role they can play in their community, service-learning also encourages lifelong civic participation.

 

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