In an effort to say thanks to their community, Pequot Lakes students in grades 9-12 will host their first Day of Caring on Thursday, May 9.
“The goal is to try to give something back to the community,” said Chip Rankin, Pequot Lakes High School principal. “It’s important to just give something back.”
Rankin said he got the idea from a similar event done in Little Falls. Pequot Lakes High School students, staff and community volunteers are willing and able to do chores for people in need, such as raking lawns, cleaning up gardens and flower beds, picking up garbage, washing outside windows and other outdoor projects.
Rankin plans to make the Day of Caring an annual event.
“The goal is to help people who need help,” he said, noting it will also be a lesson for students that people don’t get paid for everything they do.
“We have a lot of good kids here,” Rankin said, and this will be an opportunity for the community to realize that as well.
The Day of Caring is also a way for students and staff to thank the community for its support of the school, as well as for the additions and renovations being make to the schools through a building bond referendum voters approved.
Students will be bused to central locations to work.
Senior citizens, homebound individuals and those living in the Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Breezy Point, Nisswa, Jenkins and Ideal Corners areas who need assistance completing outdoor household projects are encouraged to apply for students’ help.
The projects must be able to be completed within a five-hour time frame by a team of high school students and adult volunteers. Homeowners must be at their home while the team of volunteers works on their project.
Those who apply and whose projects are accepted can expect a team of student and adult volunteers to arrive at their home between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 9. Students will bring their own lunches.
The volunteers will work on the projects rain or shine.
For a registration form, contact the PLHS office at 218-568-9210 or email Rankin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration forms must be postmarked by Wednesday, May 3, to be considered.