Pine River-Backus, Pequot Lakes students clean up their communities

Both school districts host annual event where students volunteer to improve their communities

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Miles DeSanto simultaneously uses a rag with WD-40 to clean and apply a protective coat to the historic fire engine between the Pine River Depot and Pine River Information Center during Tiger Pride Service Day on May 6, 2022.
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PINE RIVER — Pine River-Backus students worked hard at 26 locations throughout the Pine River, Backus and surrounding community raking leaves, picking up garbage, washing equipment and more at the annual Tiger Pride Service Day on Friday, May 6.

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Ava Deplazes and Bailey Crimmins rake and clean up leaves at the Pine River Depot on Tiger Pride Service Day on Friday, May 6, 2022.
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The annual event is designed to facilitate student participation with the community.

Similarly, the Pequot Lakes School District had its annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 4, where students helped clean up area communities.

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Kassiah Wattenhofer fights a stubborn weed in the parking lot behind the Pine River Library during the May 6, 2022, Tiger Pride Service Day.
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It's a way to give back to the communities that support the schools year-round.

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Students and teachers worked with Pine River-Backus Family Center staff to remove an old planter box outside of the building during the Friday, May 6, 2022, Tiger Pride Service Day.
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Furthermore, some students might be able to reference their volunteer work for scholarships or job applications.


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Pequot Lakes students pose with a fallen tree during the school's annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Pequot Lakes students handled a wide variety of chores at local parks, cemeteries and homes in an event to improve Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and the surrounding area.

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Pequot Lakes students spent their day on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, making events to improve their community.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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