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New Richmond High School students work in the water (cleaning away the vegetation) and on the banks (staining the pieces of the dock) of the DNR pond situated next to the high school as part of the school’s Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Jordan Willi)1 / 19
James Elkin (right) and Alison Stickan (left) load up ground corn stalks to be used as mulch at the community garden off Highway 65 as part of New Richmond High School’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)2 / 19
New Richmond High School freshman Dayton Dodge gets his hands dirty at The Deerfield while helping prepare soil to grow flowers outside the senior living facility for part of the school's Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. On Service Learning Day, high school students, staff and volunteers spread across New Richmond and the surrounding communities to help with a variety of projects. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 3 / 19
Kaitland Rachner prepares a door for painting at the DNR’s seed farm outside Star Prairie as part of New Richmond High School’s Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)4 / 19
A group of New Richmond High School students place hop scotch pavers in the ground near a playground at Mary Park on Friday, May 16. The project was part of the school’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Micheal Foley)5 / 19
Sam Giese (right) and Garret Hildebrandt (left) weed the bank of a creek at River Island Park in Star Prairie as part of New Richmond High School’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)6 / 19
Freshman Grant Riemenschneider plants flowers in a planter along South Knowles Avenue on Friday, May 16, along with (from left) sophomore Paige Gunderson, senior Zachary Picht, freshman Michael Skoyen and City New Richmond District 2 Alderperson Scottie Ard. The project was part of New Richmond High School’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Micheal Foley)7 / 19
A group of high school students push their classmates down the New Richmond High School track as part of the Friendship Games during Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Jordan Willi)8 / 19
A small group of New Richmond High School students helped teacher Jeff Albarado (left) cut down trees and brush on school property near the high school tennis courts as part of Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Jordan Willi)9 / 19
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employee Tom Marcouiller works with Gabby Kupke and Tom McKenney planting species the students started earlier this year in Rachel Sauvola’s agriculture class as part of the high school’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 10 / 19
Sophomore Johnny Hesselink and freshman Andrew Baribeau perform a maintenance check on a vehicle at SuperAmerica in New Richmond on Friday, May 16. The checks were part of New Richmond High School’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Micheal Foley)11 / 19
A group of New Richmond High School students pick weeds and clean debris at a Messes and Masterpieces monster sculpture in Mary Park on Friday, May 16. The cleanup project was part of the school’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Micheal Foley)12 / 19
Special needs students from all of the New Richmond schools paraded around the New Richmond High School track as part of the Service Learning Day Friendship Games on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Jordan Willi) 13 / 19
New Richmond High School students put together a kids carnival, which featured a variety of games and contests for a group of young students as part of Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Jordan Willi)14 / 19
Mike Kelly of the Star Prairie Land Preservation Land Trust assists students putting together picnic tables at the McMurtrie Preserve on Cedar Lake as part of New Richmond High School’s Service Learning Day on Friday, May 16. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)15 / 19
Students from New Richmond High School work together spreading mulch at the community garden off Highway 65 as part of Service Learning Day. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 16 / 19
Students from New Richmond High School work together spreading mulch at the community garden off Highway 65 as part of Service Learning Day. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 17 / 19
A team of New Richmond High School students perform a maintenance check on a vehicle at SuperAmerica in New Richmond on Friday, May 16. The checks were part of the school’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Micheal Foley)18 / 19
A group of New Richmond High School students remove dead leaves and debris from a plant area at the entrance of Mary Park on Friday, May 16. The cleanup project was part of the school’s Service Learning Day. (Photo by Micheal Foley)19 / 19

On Friday, May 16, New Richmond High School students got to take a break from their regular routine at the high school to take part in the annual Service Learning Day.

On Service Learning Day, high school students, staff and volunteers spread across New Richmond and the surrounding communities to help with a variety of projects. Projects included working on the Community Garden, singing and playing music at area nursing homes, a kids carnival and the Friendship Games, which took place at the high school.

The New Richmond High School Service Learning Day has been identified as one of the largest service projects in the state. Service Learning Day’s goal is to provide at least one day for students to give back to their community.

Students were broken into small groups with at least one adult volunteer to work on their projects.

There are three main goals of Service Learning Day:

-- Teach students the importance of service to others.

-- Incorporate classroom learning standards into real world situations.

-- Create connections between adults and youth.

Service Learning Day was started as a way to help implement the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets. Search Institute asserts that the more assets a young person has, the higher the likelihood of a positive future. Interacting with the public and working together to benefit the community is a major goal of the Search Institute.

Compiled by Jordan Willi

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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