Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Students at Holy Rosary School in Duluth celebrated St. Patrick's Day by paying for the privilege of wearing green instead of their normal uniforms.
However, the money isn't exactly going to the leprechaun's pot of gold.
Eighth grade students from Holy Rosary in Duluth toured different Northland organizations that help those in need.
"They went out, they said this organization it serves people, it serves them in the way that god would want to serve them, and we're going to be part of that," said Kristin Larson, a teacher at Holy Rosary.
From those visits they wrote essays to persuade their fellow students to offer their St. Patrick's Day fundraisings to that specific organization.
Eighth Grader, Elena Stanley, wrote the winning essay about Life House in Duluth.
She says the positive environment of Life House inspired her to write her essay.
"We went down to where they kept everything and they had diapers and blankets and all of this other stuff. I they were really like a family environment at Life House and I thought that was awesome," said Stanley.
Those from Life House say the $500 donation will help them a great deal, and can be used in a variety of ways.
"That $500 will provide about 2,500 hot meals through our drop-in center," said Jeff Woolverton, development director for Life House.
Or it can provide shelter.
"We can also provide one months rent for a homeless youth for $500," said Woolverton.
Stanley says she's just proud to be making a difference in someone else's life... someone who needs it.
"It's sort of like I'm doing something for the people around, and can make something a bit better for others," said Stanley.
... all in an effort to provide a safe harbor and enhance the lives of youth at risk.
Life House aims to help at-risk youth break the cycles of poverty, homelessness, and abuse.