The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ youth, ages 14-18, gathered together on Saturday, April 20 as part of their annual Youth Conference. Each year the kids, along with their adult leaders, take part in a service project during the conference weekend, a project which helps meet the needs of the communities in which they live and worship.
This year the group was divided up and taken to different areas around the city of Marysville where they participated in Marysville’s Clean Sweep.
There were approximately 250 youth participating in the work that morning.
The youth came from Marysville, Arlington, Stanwood, Camano Island, Lake Stevens and Granite Falls and were very positive and happy to be able to serve.
“I’d rather do this this morning than anything else,” Chase Roskelly, 16 from Arlington said as he worked away at the Marysville Library.
Brittnie Bowman, a 15-year-old from Marysville concurred, “This feels better than sleeping in. I feel more motivated. I like to help the community. The only thing that would make it better is if we had a lot of sunshine.” Bowman was planting flowers at City Hall.
The youth who worked along busy roadways loved the attention they were getting from the people driving by. There were lots of honks from cars and people waving and giving thumbs up to the work they were doing.
Adult leaders were impressed by the work the youth were putting forth and the smiles on their faces as they worked together all over the City. City staff had done an amazing job ensuring that the work was organized and ready to go when the group showed up.
“The kids have such a great attitude. The city’s effort has been absolutely amazing. I attended a planning meeting the other night and I was so impressed by the organization of the city officials. Jim Ballew and Mike Robinson have done such an amazing job. They had all of the information so well organized for us including lists of the things the city would provide, materials we would need, the number of volunteers needed, and even where to park. Not only were there the directions, but they included maps. The information was so clear and easy to follow. My hat’s off to them and the incredible work they have done.”
The city workers have been outstanding as well. It has been such a pleasure working with them.” David Flake said as he was working at the Marysville City sign at I-5 and 4th.