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A2 Students Help Clean Up Kohler-Andrae State Park
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A2 Charter School students help clear leaves from around the camp showers at Kohler-Andrae State Park. The students were working to reduce garlic mustard along the park's roadways, and raked leaves on Tuesday, May 12.

Using the democratic process, students at the school chose their annual act of altruism from a large number of worthy causes. Last year, the students had raised awareness of the plight of homeless animals and collected food and supplies for the Sheboygan County Humane Society. This year, the environment drew their concern and so they volunteered their services at Kohler-Andre State Park where they worked for a morning performing tasks that require many workers and will make a difference to those who enjoy the park.

The students and their teachers, Mrs. Kathy Nelesen and Mrs. Sandy Spatt, raked and disposed of fallen leaves. They were also instructed by a master gardener on how to remove wild garlic mustard that has invaded the park and blocks the growth of many of Wisconsin's native species.

When asked about the importance of altruism, one student offered the opinion that "not helping someone when they need it is the same as hurting them. That's why it is important to help others every chance we get."

Another A2 student said that the experience made him more aware of the opportunities to make a difference in the world, especially to the environment.

A2 Charter School is a school of accelerated academics for self-directed fourth and fifth graders. For more information, visit the school's website.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
April 20, 2009