About 75 people, undeterred by another cold, gray Monday morning in Thurston County, took advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to spend a little time helping Woodland Creek in Lacey.
The number of volunteers who showed up at the Stream Team event 25 more than registered was a welcome surprise, said organizers April Roe and Missy Ayres, both AmeriCorps volunteers. The event was one of dozens underway throughout the region Monday in honor of the holiday, which has become a day of service nationwide in recent years.
The group of volunteers, which included children and adults, went to work planting shrubs along the stream to prevent erosion, applying mulch around recent plantings, and creating a mulch trail. Stream Team volunteers have previously worked in the area planting Christmas trees, Ayres said.
One of the volunteers at the event was Logan Marty, 17, of Olympia. I thought Id help out the community, he said simply.
Environmental justice is social justice, said Anne Schuster of Olympia, another AmeriCorps volunteer, making a connection between the Stream Team event and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For more information about Stream Team events throughout the year, check the organizations calendar at www.streamteam.info.
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