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Hannah Ray, Madison Conrad, Hope Anderson and Chloe Deutsch clean up the Linda Ulland Memorial Park area in Crosslake.1 / 7
Dan Determan / Echo Journal Students were put on raking duty at Grace United Methodist Church for Pequot Lakes High School's Day of Caring Thursday, May 3.2 / 7
Pequot Lakes students raked and weeded at the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens in Crosslake3 / 7
Pequot Lakes High School junior Kyan Kitzman paints a wall at Common Goods Thrift Store in Crosslake Thursday, May 3, during Day of Caring. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal4 / 7
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Ethan Jordan, Kali Jordan and Annie Harrison - Pequot Lakes High School students - rake leaves at the Clamshell Lake public boat access in Pequot Lakes Thursday, May 3, as a Day of Caring project. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal6 / 7
River Curtis pulls grass from the foraging garden at the Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens in Crosslake.7 / 7

Clear skies and warm weather didn't go to waste in the lakes area Thursday, May 3, as Pequot Lakes High School students spent the day helping members of the community instead of sitting in their classrooms.

The annual Day of Caring takes students to businesses, organizations, nonprofits, individuals and others in the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point/Crosslake/Nisswa areas to help in whatever ways needed. Volunteer work included painting, raking, leaf-blowing and weeding, among others.

Emma Nevin enjoyed painting walls at Common Goods Thrift Store in Crosslake, which is getting ready for an expansion.

"They (Common Goods) give back to the community by helping other people, and we're helping them, so we're helping other people in a way," she said.

Britt Kratochvil, who also painted at Common Goods, liked to see how the whole school came together for a good cause.

"I think it's kind of cool how everyone in the school is doing it, so you just get to help that many people," Kratochvil said.

Pequot Lakes High School Principal Aaron Nelson said the school got about 104 requests for help on Day of Caring - an increase from last year - and aimed to fulfill all of them.