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Photos: Westminster freshmen lend a 'hand' to South Salt Lake during Helping Hands Day

By Krista DeAngelis

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 9:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, Aug. 28 2014 9:00 a.m. MDT

Westminster College freshmen Stephanie Gardner (left), from Kaysville, Utah, and Hannah Schulthess, from Redwing, Minnesota, help clear weeds and bushes near 1300 East and I-80 as part of the school's annual Helping Hands Day service project Aug. 19. This year's project focuses on clearing vegetation and beautifying an important water storage area for South Salt Lake.

Krista DeAngelis, Westminster College (Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 70 Westminster College freshmen participated in the school's annual Helping Hands Day service project on August 19 to benefit South Salt Lake, braving the pouring rain to help clear and beautify the corner of 1300 East and I-80, which is an important culinary water storage area for the city.

As South Salt Lake's "2014 Partner of the Year," Westminster has worked with the city to support a variety of community service projects, including mentoring students, working with after-school programs and more.

“Every year we encourage our incoming students to participate in Helping Hands Day, which helps them get involved with the community and acquaints them with the local area,” said Julie Tille, director of Westminster’s Center for Civic Engagement.

“We can’t stress how helpful having a group of this size is to us,” said Ed Rufener, deputy director of public works for South Salt Lake. “This is the first student group we’ve had help us with this type of project, and we have been very impressed and excited with the work they’ve done.”

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