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Youth volunteers help out the Northwoods Childrens Museum Submitted: 07/19/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


EAGLE RIVER - Kids explore, play and create every day at the Northwoods Children's Museum in Eagle River.

But that wouldn't be possible without some dedicated volunteers.

And this crew, might surprise you.

Before dozens of children can create arts and crafts, work needs to be done.




"We start off the day with the workshop, and then we do pickup which is like a toy that is not in the right spot and we have to take it and put it back," said volunteer Nikole Bortolotti.

These guys are just some of the Northwoods Children's Museum's youth volunteers.

They're helping out one day a week, for 3 hours a day.

"The Youth volunteers do a lot of the cleaning and prepping for the different crafts. And it helps the staff members save time by doing stuff," said program organizer Lauren Riedel.

The summer program allows youth ages 10 to 14, to help out museum staff.

In return they get volunteer hours and museum dollars.

Abel Lifeschutz is in his 5th year of volunteering. He says he does it for the kids.

"It's really beneficial because you're helping so many little kids and they always have fun, and it's really nice to see all the little kids having fun here. And that's what most people do it for," said Lifeschutz.

And for some of the younger volunteers, they might have one extra reason for helping out.

"It's fun. If you get here a little early, you get to play with some of the toys," said Bortolotti.

The youth volunteer program continues through August 9th.

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