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January 13, 2013

Teens help others on ‘mystery trip’

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NEWPORT, Ind. —

— Sweeping and mopping all hallways

— Sanitizing all toys in common play area.

— Sorting all puzzles and bagging puzzle pieces that go together.

— Sanitizing all doorknobs, light switches, and handrails in all common areas and hallways, as well as all table surfaces and chairs in kitchen area, and all surfaces in computer lab.

— Cleaning common bathroom.

— Washing all windows in common areas.

— Bagging and taking out to Dumpster all trash from common areas.

The first three tasks listed were the only ones the youth were expected to get accomplished.

Becky Holbert, Vermillion County 4-H and youth educator, “It was very humbling for all to work in a place that so freely gives for the safety of others.”

It is a great use of a former school, she said, and, unfortunately could probably be used in a lot of communities. Their wish list is on the website. http://coburnplace.org/

Next on the trip was lunch at historic City Market in downtown Indianapolis. From there, they walked six or so blocks to the Rhythm Discovery Center. This is an interactive museum and a great way for folks of all ages to learn about percussion instruments.

The youth were not thrilled when they got to the entrance but had a great time once inside, Holbert said.

By the end of the visit, several were able to play by actually reading the color-coded music projected on the wall. They started with a lot of clanging, banging, and beating and progressed on their own to actually sounding like they knew what they were doing. (Check out http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org)

From the Rhythm Discovery Center, they walked four blocks to the Convention Center to visit the Indy Auto Show. After that, they had a couple of hours of free time to explore downtown Indy in groups of three or four or more Circle Center Mall.

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