LDS youth group will give Saint Martin’s a spring cleaning

May 5, 2005

Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s College is about to get an extreme spring makeover, thanks to more than 200 teens from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who plan to clean up the campus Saturday, May 14.

Volunteers plan to paint fire lane curbs, repair several back trails and restore a garden once used by the monks at Saint Martin’s Abbey, event organizer David Warning said. For the past several years, LDS teenagers from the Greater Olympia Area have volunteered for projects at local schools, parks and hospitals. This year, the Saint Martin’s effort is scheduled as part of a youth conference taking place May 13-14. Volunteers range from 12 to 18 in age.

“We’re trying to teach our kids the importance of service to others,” Warning said.

Warning said the youth group decided to spend a Saturday beautifying Saint Martin’s 300-acre campus after speaking with Prof. Godfrey Ellis, who teaches clinical psychology at the college and who also attends services at the Olympia stake.

“It’s a very nice marriage,” Ellis said. “The college gets the assistance it needs and the youth get a chance to look beyond themselves and give to others.”

David R. Spangler, the college’s president, said, “We’re delighted that the group has chosen to dedicate their time and energy to beautifying our campus. We have always enjoyed sharing the campus’ natural beauty with the community, and we truly appreciate and admire not only the efforts of these young people, but also the spirit of service and caring that motivates them.”

Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic coeducational college founded by the Benedictine Order. About 1,050 students are enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs at the college’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base and Olympic College.

For more information, please call John Saffell at the Lacey stake, 360-459-1407.

John Saffell
public affairs director, LDS Lacey stake

John DeWeese
Office of Communication