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LYNDEN — A component unique to Bernice Vossbeck Elementary School’s Girls on the Run program is that the participants create and implement a community impact project that betters the lives of those around them.

“This group felt passionate about helping the homeless,” said Sarah Wooten, a first grade teacher at Bernice Vossbeck Elementary School.

Young girls in the school’s third, fourth and fifth grades participate in Girls on the Run, Wooten said.

“We connected with Lydia Place in Bellingham and (on Nov. 17) at our last practice these girls bagged 200-plus bags of soap. I’m so proud of all they have accomplished this season.”

In addition to the program’s young participants, Wooten explained that “awesome parent volunteers Michelle Mcllvoy and Denise Chatterton” also made the project possible.

Lydia Place is a non-profit, community-based agency serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County since 1989.

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