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400 Northland Pines Students Out Helping

About 400 Northland Pines students will be helping to make the Eagle River area a bit 'greener' as the annual Earth Day is set for May 8.

Northland Pines High School Science teacher Ann Perry says the idea came about 10 years ago a teacher came up with the idea of students en masse helping the community...

"....what you're going to see in the local communities, you'll see students out in buses in big groups with teachers doing spring outdoor cleaning tasks, mostly for elderly individuals who can't take care of the yardwork themselves. Also for some of our local community organizations, some parks, those types of things..."

Perry says they like to get the entire high school body out and volunteering on the same day. Perry says sometimes she gets calls as early as February asking about the day from community residents really appreciate the helping hand...

"....this year we had to push it back a week because we were concerned about the weather in April. Traditionally Earth Day is April 22 We moved it into May(because of the late spring), but our community members are so thankful. I get tons of thank you's and cards..."

Perry says teams often times go to similar places as the year before.