Forty-two bundled-up sixth graders from Trinity Elementary North took to neighbors' lawns Wednesday morning to rake leaves.
In the 17-degree weather, they collected 30 bags of leaves from five lawns as part of the school's celebration of Red Ribbon Week's Career Day, for which the theme was work hard.
Teacher Kyla L'Esperance and paraeducator Rachel Gillan supervised the students while the other sixth grade teacher, Rick Kovash, stayed inside in case of emergency.
L'Esperance said the service activity complimented Trinity's goal of educating the whole student — mind, body and soul — as the students are participating in physical activity (body) while helping others (soul).
"We like to give back to the community in any way we can," she said. "They're a good bunch, and they're good at collaborating in class."
Student Maycee Moe had fun helping out, despite the cold.
"A lot of people don't have time or can't really get out to rake leaves, so it's good to help them so they don't have to do it or hire someone to do it," she said.
L'Esperance knocked on doors Tuesday, and got approval to leave the bags of leaves on the sidewalks.
"The people were really excited when we knocked on their doors," she said. "They were like 'Can we pay you to come back?'"
To let neighbors know they were there, students left a note on the doors of the properties they raked.
"We made a sheet of paper that said 'We would not want to leaf you hanging,' and all the sixth graders signed their names on it. We're taping them to the doors, with the Trinity logo, so they know it was us," L'Esperance said.
She thought of the idea last weekend while raking her own yard.
"I thought it'd be really nice to have my 21 sixth graders helping me," she laughed.