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Many benefit from OIS “Mission Possible” day

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“Mission Possible” was mission accomplished June 1 at Orono Intermediate School. Students, staff and volunteers made the second annual day of service a success. The focus this year was to support the local food shelf, area senior adults in care facilities, Children’s Hospital and the Orono High School Unified Team.

The day started with a “clap off” to celebrate the five athletes and their partners plus the three coaches that will represent Minnesota at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

Third-graders collected 2,269 individual snack items and assembled activity bags that were donated to the Maple Plain Area Food Shelf. The donations weighed more than 414 pounds. They also made artwork to decorate the walls of area care facilities and Children’s Hospital.

Fourth-graders collected art and school supplies, as well as books, to donate to Children’s Hospital and children in the community. They also made cards and bookmarks for area residents in care facilities and children in the hospital.

Fifth-graders also collected donations for the food shelf and filled more than 15 boxes with food and supplies. In addition, they made fleece shawls for residents in care facilities.

To support the Unified team, they made banners and 70 bracelets for the athletes and partners participating in the USA Games this July.

Students also assisted with cleaning inside their school and with landscaping outside.

The school’s theme for the 2017-18 school year was “There is only one YOU in the world…make it a better place!” As a close to the year, students placed their painted rock that they created at the beginning of the year to celebrate their uniqueness in the new community rock garden.