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      Students build elevated garden beds for veterans

      Three copper country schools participated in Global Youth Service Day today by building raised gardens for area veterans.

      It was part of a project called Give a Veteran a Hand at Grace United Methodist Church.

      Students from Calumet, Lake Linden, and Chassell schools teamed up with the project to construct the gardens in woodshop classes. The elementary students were involved as well in planting seeds in small planters.

      Students also held a bake sale to raise money for the lumber and equipment needed to build the garden beds.

      "The veterans that are in handicap wheelchairs, they want something to do, and we figured that it would give them an activity in the summer,â?? said Calumet High Schoolâ??s Teens Who Care advisor, Sue Fouts.

      â??Gardening is very therapeutic for people, and when you get older you can't bend, and if you get down, you can't get back up. So, we figured elevated beds would be good for the veterans," added Give a Veteran a Hand organizer, Rosanne Poisson.

      After the gardens are completed, the students will deliver them to the homes of area veterans through Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.