Day of Service for Local Students

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM EDT

By Jason Gruenauer

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October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM EDT

NORTH COLLINS (WKBW) It is called "Eagle Energy Day," combining the mascot of the North Collins school district, and meant to energize the students and the area, through a day of community service.

It started along Main Street, high schoolers redoing a flower box and cleaning up alongside an old vacant bar.

"At first I thought just another day out of school, but when I came out here and saw how good of a job that we did, I don't know, it makes the community look better, and I live in the community so it makes me feel better about it," student volunteer Tim Kruger said.

"This is about community, it is about being a good member of society, and that plays a role in education. That is really what education is about," North Collins English Teacher Joe Steger added.

Junior high students also helped clean up backyards of several senior citizens, including Patricia Loretto, who calls it a blessing.

"It's just great. I think it is a wonderful thing they started, I hope they continue it, and I know a lot of seniors that need a lot of help," she said.

And then it was time for the cool outfits, as students donner hard hats and bright orange vests to pick up trash along a local highway. Faculty supervised and also helped out, but the day was about education away from the classroom, even by picking up litter.

"We want to teach kids how important it is to give back to the community, and to let them know how valuable they are to their community. It's much more value-laden but just as important. They've done a great job," North Collins Principal Annie Metcalf said.

Each place that received volunteer assistance was given a lawn sign, a memento of hard work and education through volunteerism, proudly reading "Eagle Energy Was Here."