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Pine River-Backus students swarm district offering service

Pine River-Backus students were visible throughout the Pine River-Backus School District on Friday, May 20, for the annual Tiger Pride Service Day. Students did everything from highway cleanup to painting, to planting flower boxes and doing maint...

Sophomore Tyler VanHeerden of Pine River-Backus high School retouches the edging in a garden bed at the local community garden during Tiger Pride Service Day. Photo by Travis Grimler
Sophomore Tyler VanHeerden of Pine River-Backus high School retouches the edging in a garden bed at the local community garden during Tiger Pride Service Day. Photo by Travis Grimler

Pine River-Backus students were visible throughout the Pine River-Backus School District on Friday, May 20, for the annual Tiger Pride Service Day.

Students did everything from highway cleanup to painting, to planting flower boxes and doing maintenance at the Cass County Fairgrounds.

One group of students made quick work of replacing rabbit cage fronts for this year's county fair. The fronts were paid for with a grant, but would have required extra time from fair board members.

"It's nice having that many hands," said longtime fair board member Terri McAllister. "We get it done real quick, otherwise it's just us fair board members that do everything as far as replacing things. It was an easy project for people with some carpentry skills to put them up quick so they are ready for the fair this year."

The Pine River-Backus students' work was well appreciated, especially by volunteer groups with limited resources.

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"I think it's a great thing," McAllister said. "It teaches the kids a lot. My kids are huge into community service with 4-H and it's nice the school is now doing it to show them that giving back is a good thing."

Third-year Tiger Pride Service Day participant and junior Avery Cunningham was part of the army of service workers.

"I think it's a great idea for kids to go out and serve the community," Cunningham said. "They help us at the school so much, it's nice to be able to give back to them. At the end of the day I feel accomplished. Today I've cleaned a cattle stall. It's just nice to think you did something nice, especially for this group. They do so much for the Cass County Fairgrounds. They have showings all the time and it's nice to help them out so their jobs are easier."

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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