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Annual event gives volunteers firsthand view of services

Clockwise from left, Randi Abbott, James Bernskoetter, Trevor Dusheke, Kyle Maddox and Grace Cook, all students from the leadership class at Calvary Lutheran High School, spent most of Thursday morning at the Southwest Early Childhood Education building helping to sort and put away children’s books.

Clockwise from left, Randi Abbott, James Bernskoetter, Trevor Dusheke, Kyle Maddox and Grace Cook, all students from the leadership class at Calvary Lutheran High School, spent most of Thursday morning at the Southwest Early Childhood Education building helping to sort and put away children’s books. Photo by Julie Smith.

Hundreds of volunteers converged on United Way agencies Thursday to kick off the United Way’s annual Days of Caring.

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Calvary Lutheran High School students were the first school group to enter Jefferson City Public School’s Southwest Early Childhood Education building to help meet the needs of the center.

Nicole Langston, director of the center, said students from Blair Oaks, Calvary Lutheran, Helias and Jefferson City High School have a list of things to help out with at the center.

“They will be weeding, sorting and organizing a library. They are giving us a working library which is something we have wanted for three years,” Langston said.

Calvary students spent several hours Thursday helping to sort books and then enter them into a database.

Sharla Buthod, library coordinator for the Jefferson City Public Schools, said the center’s books are there, just not in any kind of organized system to help teachers find the needed materials.

“There are thousands of books,” Buthod said. “There is, or was, no way for the teachers to know what is here or how to find it.”

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