Treasure Valley teens spend spring break volunteering at home

Treasure Valley teens spend spring break volunteering at home

Credit: Karen Zatkulak / KTVB

A group of teens works to renovate Firehouse 6 on Fairview Avenue in Boise

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by Karen Zatkulak

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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 8:27 AM

BOISE -- Spring break 2013 is anything but a break for about a hundred local high school students.

Instead of lounging on a beach somewhere, or taking it easy at home, these kids are donating their time to help improve the Boise community.

Their volunteerism is part of a program called "Breakthrough," where kids sacrifice two days of their vacation to volunteer.

At Firehouse 6 just off Fairview Avenue, dozens of kids are working to renovate the building into a community center. Some are sanding down old walls, while other teenagers are painting, while still more are cutting up new flooring to install. Outside, more kids are cleaning up the landscaping.

In every corner of the old abandoned firehouse, teenagers are working hard to make it better.

"We can look back and say hey you know, we didn't just help a little, we helped a lot, just to look around and see how the community has changed," says Peter Huang.

Huang helped coordinate the nearly one hundred kids at the six different locations in Boise.

"It's an opportunity for high school students to really get involved in their community, and really show adults what we are capable of, we are capable of extraordinary things," says Tanner Johnson.

Two days of extraordinary things, and a simple sacrifice helps these kids appreciate and understand the value of volunteering.

"I would be laying on the sofa anyways, so to be out in your community doing something, to make a difference it's so empowering," said Johnson. "So, knowing that high school students are capable of doing that is incredible."

On Monday, Kristin Armstrong kicked off the event with a speech to the high schoolers The kids then volunteered all day, before spending the night inside Capital High's gym.

Teens from 13 local high schools participated in this year's volunteering. United Way and One Stone help coordinate the program.

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