Duluth, MN - (Northland's News Center) - More than 700 northland students and faculty put away their books for the day to make a positive impact on their community.
The College of St. Scholastica volunteered the time in the Duluth and Superior areas as part of the annual fall Community Service Day.
It's a day full of selfless acts...
"It makes me feel really good to give back," says Junior at St. Scholastica and soccer player, Joey Moore.
St. Scholastica classes were canceled for the day, giving students and faculty a prime opportunity to volunteer.
The women's soccer team left their balls on the field and picked up children's books and headed to Bayview Elementary School in Proctor where they read to second grade classes.
"When I was a little kid, I know I loved to have people come to read to me and I think it makes it more engaging for them," Senior at St. Scholastica and soccer player, Malia Grosskreutch.
Second graders were also able to read to their favorite soccer players...an experience that won't soon be forgotten.
"I felt really good, it was really fun," said second grader Kennan Reyelts.
Community day is a long standing tradition held in high regard by St. Scholastica students.
"Scholastica we are all about community service, that's one of our five core values and to be with our team and be able to come here and show that we care about what's going on, it really makes me feel good. And to have our coach here as well to give us the support to do this is great," Moore says.
Right down the road another group of C-S-S students helped the Lake Superior Zoo get ready for the annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween festivities.
"We like putting up decorations and making masks and stuff that are going on the walls. It's nice to be able to give back something that I feel like community of Duluth deserves," Junior at St. Scholastica, Megan Anderson said.
Whether students were putting up cob webs or reading to seven year olds, one thing was for certain...
"We wanna be here and help out with anything that we can," Moore said.
Students also volunteered their time baking pumpkin pies for the CHUM drop in center in Duluth, doing trail maintenance, and preparing gardens for winter.
Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.