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Happiness Club members spread May Day cheer

Members of the Jefferson High School Happiness Club gathered during their school lunch period on Thursday, May 1 (May Day) to deliver May Day baskets around the community.1 / 2
Jefferson High School Happiness Club members (left to right) Tori Long, Katie Gripne and Madison Nowling deliver May Day baskets at Viking Towers apartments in Alexandria. (Tara Bitzan/Echo Press)2 / 2

Members of the Alexandria Jefferson High School Happiness Club spread some May Day cheer Thursday.

Donned in their bright yellow smiley face club T-shirts, they divided into groups and set out during their lunch period and again after school to share some smiles.

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The group of juniors and seniors meets every Thursday during their school lunch period. For the past month, they have been using that time to assemble hand-made May Day baskets.

Thanks to a grant from the Youth as Resources program through United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, the students were able to assemble a total of 250 May Day baskets, which included notes, flower seed packets, candy and carnations.

They delivered the baskets at The Senator assisted living facility, Galaxy apartment complex, Viking Towers apartments, Park South Apartments and the Birth Place at the Douglas County Hospital, all in Alexandria.

Youth as Resources is a youth-directed board that determines funding for youth-led, youth administered projects that impact residents of Douglas County.

The JHS Happiness Club is dedicated to promoting happiness in the school and the community. JHS orchestra director Brad Lambrecht is the club advisor.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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