loren Eric Swanson: Boulder Sharefest

Monday, June 11, 2007

Boulder Sharefest

This weekend was our fourth annual Sharefest. This year we had over 2,500 participants working in 18 different locations around the Boulder area. It's a great format--working to refurbish schools and non-profit service organizations. Liz and I worked at Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette. The format is very do-able. Folks work Saturday 8:30 to 4:30 and then again on Sunday, 8:30 to 11:00. Afterwards we convene on the University of Colorado campus at Mackey Auditorium for a combined worship service (Rick Rusaw from LifeBridge gave the message) followed by a big picnic lunch on the lawn--this year catered by Qdoba and KT's Barbecue. During the worship service, school district officials and principles and executive directors of non-profits take the stage...to a standing ovation. One administrator commented "This is the type of thing that changes the world." Another said, "Sharefest is the very best thing you can do." Another remarked, "Long after the paint has faded the community will endure because of the work we've done together. One pricipal sent this letter to the local paper:
This weekend (6/9,10) over 120 people came to Eisenhower Elementary school to do some much needed painting, cleaning and landscaping. Most of these people did not have children in our school yet they were willing to give of their time and care to make the school a nicer place for our students. Sharefest is an amazing assemblage of people, good intention and great results! The members of Calvary Bible Church that came to Eisenhower are the quiet heroes in our community that do good as a matter of course. In times where so many are trying to find blame or fault it is so refreshing to find a committed group of people willing to serve our community’s children in a giving, tangible, and important fashion.. Sharefest’s work is a gift to our school community that is greatly appreciated!
Charles S. Serns, Principal


At Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:10:00 AM, Blogger IndyChristian said...

Cool! Thanks for the update -- we've shared it today at the Blews.Network.

At Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:52:00 PM, Anonymous Michael Snow said...

First I had heard of this; wish I had been there. Have a son in Denver; worked for Rocky Mtn, Natl Park for nine years.

My sons and I attended the first big PK meeting in Boulder, so this brings back special memories.



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