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Teens help with flood readiness, fill 736 sandbags

Enterprise photo by Justin Post

Park High School junior Stetson Wangsness, left, and Vice Principal Tom Gauthier work on a sandbag assembly line at the City of Livingston’s Utility Department building, Wednesday.



Twelve Park High School students and their vice principal filled 736 sandbags in less than two hours Wednesday to add to the City of Livingston’s flood-readiness stockpile.

“It was very impressive,” Livingston Public Works Director Shannon Holmes said.

Public Works now has 1,500 filled bags to be used wherever they are needed in the county, Holmes said.

The city asked Park High for student helpers this week and the 12 students volunteered to “get some community service hours and have some good old-fashioned fun,” said Vice Principal Tom Gauthier as he dropped a loaded sand bag onto the pile and went back for another.

“I just felt like helping out the community,” said PHS freshman Tristen Killian.

Killian said he has filled sandbags before to divert water on his dad’s friend’s ranch.

Gauthier said he also offered students the chance to get out of detention as an extra incentive to volunteer.

That is why freshman Ethan Stief said he agreed to join the sand bag crew.

Stief scooped sand while listening to the Wu-Tang Clan through an earbud  in one ear.

To make the work session more fun, Assistant Public Works Director Sandy Wulf divided the students into two teams and offered a private roller skating party for the team that filled the most bags.

Wulf, who also ordered pizza for the PHS crew, said actually both teams can go to the prize party because the winning team can invite the losing team. 

Several volunteers have contributed to sandbag efforts at the Livingston Utility Department building since the flooding started last week, she said.

If any group wants to organize a volunteer party they can call her at 222-1142, she added.


Rose Brown may be reached at rbrown@livent.net.