Posted at: 10/16/2012 6:40 PM
By: Brianna Long
Community Service Day for Local Students
(ABC 6 News) -- Middle school students often lead busy lives; but Tuesday, some local kids took the time out of their busy day to lend a helping hand.
If you asked the Kasson-Mantorville students what they were doing out in the rain, their answer is simple.
"We're raking leaves, for the community," said students Peyton, Sophia, and Damon.
"We're helping people rake their yards," added student Jacob Keller.
However, the impact of why they're doing it, is not so simple.
"One of the people we raked for had a broken foot," said Damon.
"I think it's a good lesson for all of us to just know that there are things that we have to do to help out," said 7th grader Lucy Boyum.
"It means a lot to them. They may not get help from other people. Its stuff that they can't do themselves," added 8th grader Andrina Hasz.
Tuesday was the school's community service day.
"We talk about giving back to the community and just being respectful and responsible and this is just a fun day to get everybody out with their advisory and just do something for someone else," said Al Hodge, the school principal.
Of course the kids had fun with the project, jumping in the leaves. And if you as them what their favorite part was, they'll be honest.
"I think my favorite part is we don't get any homework, for once," said Peyton.
"It's not school. At least we're out walking around," added Boyum.
"Well, 'cuz you don't have to do homework," admitted Lacey Bell.
But at the end of the day, it was all about giving back, and teaching the kids about community.
"You can do this any time. Just go up to someone's yard, ask them may I rake your leaves, or just rake them," said Keller.
"It's because we want to help the elderly and just be respectful to everybody. That's exactly it, because if our community needs help, then we're there to give it to them," said Bradley Suhr and Nathan Dickey.
"A lot of times, we hear some bad things about kids. But kids are great. This is just a great example of what they'll do when asked," said Hodge.
This is the second year of the community service day. Organizers say, they plan to make this an annual event.