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As one of their projects, Community of Hope GEEKs served a Thanksgiving dinner at a Minneapolis shelter.

Program encourages kids to GEEK out, give back

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A while back a volunteer at Community of Hope Church suggested that the church start a program in which kids volunteer in the community. That idea got the wheels turning in children's ministry director Jeri Austad's head. The result is a new program called GEEK.


GEEK stands for Generous, Excellent, Example of a Kid. The program aims to get kids active in their home town. The program started just a few weeks ago and it already has 10 participants, Austad said.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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