Monday, May 29, 2023
Forty-three students from University of Minnesota participated in cleanup efforts in Vienna Sunday morning.

Minnesota students help out in Vienna

A group of 43 students from University of Minnesota Twin Cities had an overnight stay in Vienna Saturday night and Sunday morning en route to Florida. They made the stop to do community service projects in town.

U Minn at cemetery
Floyd Kohler and Chesley Williams assisted the Minnesota students clean up debris at the Vienna Masonic Cemetery Sunday morning.

As part of a volunteer action group called “Students Today, Leaders Forever”, the students volunteered to spend Sunday morning cleaning up the Vienna City Park and the Vienna Masonic Cemetery.

According to trip planner Kayla Stone the students are on spring break and traveling to Florida. She said they make several stops on their annual trips to do service projects in various cities and towns along the way. This year their scheduled stops include nine cities. Vienna was their second stop after being in Columbia, MO Saturday where they helped at a food bank.

Stone said, “From Vienna we will stop in Memphis, TN to do work in some community gardens. Then we’ll stop in Alabama and Florida.”

While in Vienna the students slept at Fellowship Baptist Church.

The Vienna Masonic Lodge provided the group with a hot lunch before their departure to show their appreciation of the students’ efforts.

Vienna police chief Jim Miller and Vienna Depot manager Phil Morris worked with Stone to help coordinate Sunday’s projects