By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Whiteaker Middle School teacher James Decker is looking for help to turn Whiteaker students into a one-day,volunteer army.

Decker, and some of his students, spoke to members of the Keizer City Council Monday, March 20, to ask for donations to pay for buses that would carry students to sites around the area for a Day of Service in June.

“There is less and less civic engagement, and a community that thrives works together,” said Decker. “We would like to be at the forefront of that change.”

Decker hopes to secure $2,000 to transport all the seventh and eighth grade students off campus to sites throughout the area on June 15.

He’s waiting for the bus funds to solidify further plans, but Decker has a long list of potential projects in mind ranging from assisting at local senior homes to volunteering with other civic and public entities.

Sixth grade students would stay on the Whiteaker campus to work on projects there such as cleaning, planting and even making treats for residents at area animal shelters.

Decker is working on setting up an online funding campaign, but those interested in supporting the effort can call the school at 503-399-3224.