Editor’s note: Service Club students from Harriet Bishop Elementary School of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District along with their principal, Ken Essay, recently presented to the School Board regarding the impact of the club at their school.

Over 80 students in kindergarten through fifth grade have collectively volunteered over 1,600 hours so far this year and completed 17 projects, according to Seema Pothini, whose daughter, Meena, leads the club. Members will also help during Savage’s Service Day Saturday today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Some members of the club gave their thoughts on the experience, which have been lightly edited.

Duncan McDonald,

fifth grade:

I was a new student to Harriet Bishop, and when I started, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about staying after school for this club. After I joined, I realized the projects are incredible because they create a positive change for so many, even me! It makes me feel good to help others, and it makes me feel better about myself.

Meena G. Pothini,

fourth grade:

Service Club gives kids opportunities to be leaders in our school and learn about nonprofits that can use our help. It’s also great because the older kids and younger kids get to interact and work together on fun and simple projects that make an impact all over the world. Our shirts say “Young but Powerful,” and I truly think that fits the kids in this club.

Jaemon McDonald, third grade:

My favorite project that we’ve done has been kindness rocks because I know the message can improve someone’s day. I even made more after! The message I wrote was “Be Awesome,” and I had so much fun making them.

Ewan McDonald,

first grade:

I learned how to braid in Service Club when we were making fleece toys for the animal shelters. I really liked helping dogs, and I think all students should be in Service Club because it makes you happy.

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.

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