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River Crest students support friends near and far

Karen Melk of the Rosa Vera Fund tells River Crest students about Bolivia, where the organization works to provide medical care to children in need. Students are working to raise $4,000 for a cochlear implant for a Bolivian girl. (photos by Rebecca Mariscal)1 / 5
Students at River Crest Elementary make cards for seniors at the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The cards wish the readers a happy spring and tell them about the student’s school life.2 / 5
Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue dog Bumble gets a lot of love during the service event. Bumble is one of more than 200 dogs the organization is currently helping, and students learned what they can do to help.3 / 5
Lines of students at River Crest help make sandwiches for The Sandwich Project, which works to feed the homeless every day of the year.4 / 5
Together, students made about 2,000 sandwiches for The Sandwich project during the two-hour service event.5 / 5

From dogs right here in Hudson to children in Bolivia, River Crest Elementary students teamed up to help those in need locally and globally during the school's annual service day Friday, Feb. 17.

Each year the school holds the day with a focus on either a local or global service. This year Principal Kathleen Coppenbarger said the school decided to do both, focusing on a mission of caring for friends near and far.

"This year we're combining it and upping it," she said.

With that in mind, the school teamed up with the St. Croix Valley Rotaract and its Parent Teach Organization to support Coco's Heart Dog Rescue, The Sandwich Project, The Rosa Vera Fund and local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Students rotated throughout the day to learn more about each organization and help the services.

Hudson-based Coco's Heart is a dog rescue that functions solely based on foster owners rather than a physical shelter. River Crest students learned about what Coco's Heart does, met one of its rescue dogs, Bumble, and made dog toys for the 200-plus adoptable dogs.

The Sandwich Project is a Minneapolis-based organization that works to feed the homeless year-round. Students worked together to make 2,000 sandwiches.

The Rosa Vera Fund works to provide medical intervention to children in need in Bolivia. Chairperson Karen Melk spoke to students about the work the organization does. During the month of February, students have been raising money for the fund to provide a deaf Bolivian girl with a cochlear implant. The procedure costs $4,000.

River Crest students also made cards for local seniors in nursing homes and assisted living communities.

To round off the day, River Crest families filled 80 slots at Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for children in Africa.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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