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Gehlen Catholic students give back to community

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Gehlen Catholic students stuff leaves into bags after raking as part of community service day projects. Gehlen Catholic students stuff leaves into bags after raking as part of community service day projects.
LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -

Students from Gehlen Catholic High School were on "lawn" patrol Tuesday morning.

As part of the school's annual service day, the entire high school canvassed neighborhoods in Le Mars to take care of fall chores for the elderly and those in need of assistance.

The school's librarian who helped oversee the event, says the entire school day was devoted to helping others.

"We're doing 89 jobs this year, we have 30 different groups out working with the teachers, raking, hauling leaves, washing windows, and it's just our way of helping them with providing our school with a good education, also it's a gift in return," Pat Beitelspacher said.

Beitelspacher also says the service day is meant to inspire students to give back to the community.

Derek Bretey, a senior at Gehlen says his experience has inspired him to seek volunteer opportunities after graduation.

"Helping others is a great way not only make them feel good, but to make you feel good too," Derek Bretey said.

The entire high school, of about 120 students took part.  Homes were chosen based from a list of recommendations submitted by parishes, as well as people who called for help.  This is the school's 10th year of carrying on the tradition.

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