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.