June 1, 2005
Students in Hood River County Chamber of Commerce’s Leaders for Tomorrow program have wrapped up a year of behind-the-scenes learning about businesses, public service agencies, and nonprofits, and tackling a large community service project.
This was the 10th year for the two-year program, which is sponsored by local businesses either financially or by their active participation.
During the first year, “Community Introduction,” the focus is on local businesses, public service agencies, and nonprofit agencies, and the students get hands-on experience with each one. Each month has a theme: Agriculture, Employment Resources and Nonprofit Organizations, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Health and Human Services, Local Leadership in Action, Forestry and Wood Products, and Manufacturing. The students got to do everything from breaking glass and drilling trees to watching the dialysis process, and sitting in on a planning commission meeting.
The second-year students in the “Service Learning” class spent their time on a major community service project, cleaning up and building trails at Indian Creek.
Students, volunteers, and participating businesses and agencies wrapped up the year at last week’s dessert banquet and recognition celebration at the Best Western Hood River Inn Gorge Room.