It's that time of year again! The Pine River-Backus National Honor Society is hosting the sixth annual Tiger Pride Service Day on Friday, May 17.

Our ninth through 12th grade students will head out into the Pine River and Backus communities to help where needed. We have more than 200 kids headed to 23 different service sites this year.

Our tasks are widespread - helping in the elementary classrooms, raking at local businesses, preparing gardens, and cleaning up camp and Adopt-A-Highway ditches.

Service Day has benefits that reach far beyond the one day of volunteer time.

This day is a chance for students and staff to spend time together away from the building. You'd be amazed at the conversations you get into while digging in a garden! This is a chance for the staff to show their "human" side. We are not teachers and staff on Service Day. We are side-by-side volunteers with our students.

Time and resources dedicated to our students will always be one of the best investments we can make in the future of our community. These are our future workers, our future business owners, our future families. Let them show you how hard they work and you'll be as proud as we are!

Last, but not least, Service Day lets our students show the community how much we appreciate the support they give our school throughout the year. Our community generously donates time, talent and financial support. We are grateful to live in a community that values our students and staff.

There are a lot of moving pieces in coordinating an event like Service Day. A huge thank you to the sponsors, service sites, school staff and students to make this day an annual success.

If you happen to see us in your neighborhood on Friday, May 17, feel free to honk, wave or say "Hello!" to show our students their hard work does not go unnoticed.