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Published April 24, 2012, 06:12 PM

West Fargo students pitch in to help community

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - About 560 West Fargo students stepped out of the classroom and into the community to give back. They took part in 33 different service projects throughout the FM area.

560 West Fargo students stepped out of the classroom and into the community to give back. They took part in 33 different service projects throughout the FM area. We were there for one of those projects.

Austin Hannig – Sheyenne 9th Grader: "I've worked with drills several times."

Sheyenne 9th Grade Center student Austin Hannig is putting his skills to good use, installing new signs at the River Keepers Living Lab on South University.

Austin Hannig: "It makes me feel good that I'm helping the community and it not only helps the community, it helps you become a better person and more respectable person."

Austin's friends are just a few feet away, instead of drilling, they're digging in.

Ben Holland – Sheyenne 9th Grader: "Picking up the mulch, putting it into the wheelbarrow and wheeling it to places that need mulch."

A lot of hard work, but these kids are happy to do it.

Ben Holland: "Just to give back to the community that we've lived in for all of our lives."

Nearby Natalie Shea is cleaning off chairs for outdoor classes held by the River Keepers.

Natalie Shea – Sheyenne 9th Grader: "Totally a blast, I mean we get to be with our friends, we get to clean up and help the community and it's such a nice day."

A day spent making a difference.

About twenty students volunteered today at the living lab. Other volunteer sites included the Arc Thrift Store and American Red Cross.

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