More than 60 Upward Bound participants have been performing community service projects as part of their six-week enrollment in the residential/academic program directed by Central Lakes College and the College of St. Benedict. More than a dozen of the high school students, including Megan Gingery, 15, of Onamia, painted a stage set in Chalberg Theatre at CLC June 8. Others helped paint ice rinks for the City of Brainerd and did landscaping at the Brainerd Area Women’s Shelter. Upward Bound provides educational services to modest income and first generation high school students to equip them in graduating from high school, enrolling into a college or university, and completing their post secondary education. The youths, grades 9-12, are from Todd, Morrison, and Mille Lacs counties. Schools from which participants are selected include Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Staples-Motley, Isle, Nay Ah Shing, Onamia, and Pierz. Upward Bound is funded by the US Department of Education.