Senior citizens register for lawn care by students for Rake Fest

October 6, 2018

Watertown High School Student Rotary Interact will hold its annual Rake Fest Saturday, Nov. 3.

Students will travel throughout the city raking the lawns of those senior residents who register to take advantage of this service.

This is the 26th year Rake Fest has been held in conjunction with the national Make a Difference Day event. Make a Difference Day, which is officially held Oct. 27, is America’s largest national day of community service, involving millions of people across the nation volunteering to improve the lives of others.

According to high school history teacher and Interact adviser Chris Kemp, “We traditionally have approximately 100 students, teachers, and community members who volunteer to provide this service to those in our community who need help getting the leaves off of their lawns before winter. Last year we raked over 50 lawns and this year we’d like to do even more. Our school is full of compassionate and conscientious young people and events like this give them a chance to show how really special they are.”

Due to safety and time concerns, all addresses to be raked must fall within Watertown city limits.

To register to have a lawn raked, call the high school guidance office as soon as possible at 262-7550.

Space is limited and lawns are raked on a first come, first served basis.

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