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Fifth grader bringing ‘Day of Service’ to Savage

Any day is a good day to promote community and celebrate service, but Saturday, April 18 will be an exceptional day to do that in the city of Savage thanks to the efforts of Shrey Pothini, a fifth grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary School.

Shrey, who founded the Harriet Bishop Service Club as a third grader, is promoting “Service Day Saturday” in Savage to encourage businesses, youth groups, faith groups, families and residents to participate in some sort of service activity and report the results. The day of service is modeled on a similar event in Edina.

“I saw all the great volunteer work that was happening in the schools and wanted to offer opportunities for everyone in my city to learn about the needs in our community and work together to have a huge impact,” Shrey explained.

There are many ways for people to get involved. Local businesses and organizations can host events on site. Residents can get together with neighbors to provide a service in their communities. Families can volunteer for opportunities around the Twin Cities area. Young children can attend a “service fair” planned at Savage City Hall where they can contribute to a service project led by members of the Harriet Bishop Service Club.

An service projects completed during the week leading up to Saturday, April 18 can count toward the event. Participants will be able to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities and report their service through the City of Savage website.

Residents, businesses and organizations that are interested in participating in Service Day Saturday can learn more online at

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:51