Klamath Falls, Ore. – Students in Klamath Falls will be getting a lesson in volunteerism and community pride this Thursday, as part of ‘Give Back Day’.
Klamath Falls City Schools held their first ‘Give Back Day’ 5 years ago.
“We do a lot of general litter cleanup in our parks, and in our bike paths, and around the schools and the neighborhoods.” Explains Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer.
Several county schools are also taking part in the effort.
Many of the cleanup projects will be taking place downtown.
Hillyer says the student reaction has been positive. “I think it’s just a good experience for them to get the satisfaction of knowing that they have made things look nicer and helped people out.”
The Klamath Falls Downtown Association, the Blue Zones Project, and the City of Klamath Falls are also sponsoring the event.
But students are the biggest focus of ‘Give Back Day’.
“This is one way just to tell the community that we appreciate what they do for us every day in our schools.” Adds Dr. Hillyer.
The public can also help out this Thursday for ‘Give Back Day’ in Klamath Falls.
You’ll find information on projects, and registration information here: http://www.healthyklamath.org/tiles/index/display?alias=GiveBackDay
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.