Touch up: A Riverside-Brookfield High School sophomore Lauren Primer paints benches at Kiwanis Park in Brookfield as part of a the high school's Day of Service on Saturday.Photo courtesy of RBHS

The annual Riverside-Brookfield High School Day of Service returned Saturday after a one year hiatus. About 225 students and 60 adult volunteers spent the morning working on a variety of projects. The Day of Service was organized by the RB Parent Teacher Organization rather than the high school as it had been done in the past.

This year, unlike previous years, the students and adult volunteers did not perform any projects for elderly residents. Instead they worked on 22 projects focusing on public spaces in the communities that make up District 208.

Students worked with the Brookfield Beautification Commission as part of Project NICE to create a butterfly garden in Progress Park at Eight Corners. They a planted tree in Patriots Park in Riverside; in North Riverside students did spring cleaning work at the Cantata and Scottish Home grounds.

Among other projects, students painted bleachers at Kiwanis Park in Brookfield and conducted a food drive for the St. Barbara and Riverside Township food pantries.

“The Day of Service was a huge success,” said Pam Powers, a Brookfield resident who led the effort for the PTO. “The students did a fantastic job — they were enthusiastic and very hard workers. I think they made a big difference in our communities.”