The rain was coming down in droves on Saturday afternoon, June 23, as over 100 youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints laid beauty bark and planted trees at Strawberry Fields in Marysville in an effort to create a walking path to the Off-Leash Dog Park.
Kids 14 to 18 years old from Lake Stevens, Granite Falls and Marysville sang songs in the rain as they shoveled heaps of bark down a long trail.
“Nothing would get done if people didn’t pitch in,” Ryan DuPape, 17, said. “If we don’t do it how can we expect someone else to?”
Serving others is something the kids were taught during their two-day Youth Conference that took place that weekend and serving in the communities in which they live and attend church is an important lesson.
“It’s a good opportunity to be part of the community and to serve,” Jessie Warner, 17, said. “I love to serve because it brings me happiness. I think it creates a good example to others in the community.”