Colorado youth learn to serve |

Colorado youth learn to serve


LEADVILLE – Every year ending in an even number, the Golden Stake of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a Stake Youth Conference, a mass gathering of youth from the church.Youth, ages 12-18, from Frisco and across Colorado participated in this year’s conference surrounding service. Titled Summer of Service, or SOS, the conference challenged the youth to be community oriented and provide 20 to 25 hours of service from May 23 to Aug. 23. Using Colorado Mountain College (CMC) as headquarters, the youth descended on Leadville with one thing in mind – service. They produced lap quilts for those at a nursing home and more than 100 baby quilts for babies born at the Leadville hospital. Additionally, the eager service providers painted the Sixth Street gym and cleaned and painted two parks in the city.The youth also cleaned up CMC’s trails and Frisbee golf course as a way of thanking them for the use of CMC’s facilities.T-shirts donated by GEA Integrated Cooling Technologies of Lakewood for the conference allowed the youth providing service to be identified in the act. Wal-Mart and Target stores also donated in and around the Denver Metro area.King Soopers and Safeway also contributed snacks, bottles of water and popsicles to help the youth.The conference involved not only service, but also fun and education on Friday. The youth participated in classes on etiquette, swing dancing, Christ-like service, relationships and longtime Leadville resident Bill Frank educated them on the history of the area and information on the Timberline Campus of CMC.Friday evening culminated with a barbecue at CMC and a parking lot dance by Robert Krueger of Krueger Enterprises of Denver.

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