Rasmussen College volunteers serve Blaine community

Rasmussen College campuses and central offices shut down Friday, July 18, for the organization’s sixth annual Community Service Day.

Rasmussen College employees Matthew Segaard, left, and Joshua Borgerding, right, trash sticks on Blaine High School grounds. A group of 25 spent several hours working at the high school July 18. Photos by Olivia Koester

Rasmussen College employees Matthew Segaard, left, and Joshua Borgerding, right, trash sticks on Blaine High School grounds. A group of 25 spent several hours working at the high school July 18. Photos by Olivia Koester

Rasmussen operates 24 campuses in six states, five in the Twin Cities metro.

Faculty, staff and students from the Blaine campus, 3629 95th Ave. NE, split up to volunteer at Blaine High School and Feed My Starving Children.

A group of approximately 25 met at BHS to help Building Supervisor Roy Pahlck and his crew complete various jobs that need to be finished before school resumes in the fall.

In just a couple of hours, the Rasmussen volunteers were able to accomplish what it would take Pahlck’s crew a day or more to complete, he said.

“They’re doing so much work in such a short time,” Pahlck said.

With many hands, the volunteers flew through tasks that required heavy lifting.

The volunteers moved furniture out of portable classrooms so that they can be cleaned out and spiffed up before students return.

Rasmussen volunteers also lifted picnic tables off of a patio outside of the BHS cafeteria.

Twenty-five volunteers from Rasmussen College’s Blaine campus headed to Blaine High School to help staff ready for the 2014-2015 school year. Rasmussen College’s 24 campuses and three central offices shut down Friday, July 18, so that faculty, staff and students could give back to their communities in service.

Twenty-five volunteers from Rasmussen College’s Blaine campus headed to Blaine High School to help staff ready for the 2014-2015 school year. Rasmussen College’s 24 campuses and three central offices shut down Friday, July 18, so that faculty, staff and students could give back to their communities in service.

Sections of the cement patio have been upheaved by trees’ roots. Pahlck will see that new concrete is poured before school starts so that students can dine outside when the weather is nice.

Additionally, volunteers spent time weeding a garden behind the school, maintained by the BHS Gay-Straight Alliance club during the school year.

In past years, Blaine campus volunteers have helped out in the Chisago Lakes School District, so this year, “it was nice to be more local,” said Patty Sagert, the campus director in Blaine.

Rasmussen College media relations estimated that 12,000 employees and students would give up their Friday afternoon to help out in their respective communities last week.

Olivia Koester is at olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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