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A Day in the Park
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.46

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     challenging words:    hampton, middle-aged, signup, provided, various, participate, substance, such, volunteer, environment, leader, beneficial, ranger, direct, divide, actually
     content words:    Miss Sunshine, Park Cleanup Day, Maybe Heather


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A Day in the Park
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "Wow, this is such a beautiful day. The sun is warm, the air is fresh, and I get to be near Jamie all day," said Heather as she put on a pair of work gloves.
 
2     "Aren't you little Miss Sunshine? I knew there was a reason you volunteered us for the Park Cleanup Day," said Rachel. "We'll see how bubbly you are at the end of the day. You do realize you have to actually do some work today, don't you? I mean, you can't just stare at Jamie all day."
 
3     "I know that. I am here to do the work, but it doesn't hurt to have some good scenery to look at while you do it," remarked Heather.
 
4     When Mrs. Hampton passed the signup sheet around in class last week, Heather seemed very anxious to get on the list for volunteering. She had talked Rachel into joining her. She explained how it would be good for class credit and how it would benefit the park for them to help with the clean up. Rachel didn't know at the time that Jamie planned to participate.
 
5     "Okay, volunteers. Gather over here for just a few minutes, please," said the park ranger. "We will divide up into several groups, and each group will have a team leader. I will help each leader get started on a project, and then you can follow his or her lead to complete the cleanup project. We are very thankful that you were willing to come out today, and I know you will be glad that you did as well. It is beneficial to all of us to have clean and beautiful parks."
 
6     Heather and Rachel managed to get in the same group, but Jamie was placed in a different group. The first five groups were given trash bags, and those who needed gloves were provided with those as well. Then they were directed to pick up trash, collect it in the trash bags, and put it next to the road for pick up. The next five groups were given tools to remove weeds and to plant flowers in the various beds throughout the park.
 
7     Heather and Rachel were given trash bags and sent down near the lake to fill their bags with debris. Jamie was given a shovel, and he headed over to the shelter building to tend to the flower beds.
 
8     "Well, Miss Sunshine, how do you like the day now?" asked Rachel with an obvious sneer on her face. "Your scenery just managed to get moved out of direct eyesight."

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