It was cold and damp on Friday, but Minnetonka Middle School West students didn't seem to mind being helpful outside.
Amy Steen's Spanish immersion class raked leaves in a Minnetonka senior citizen's heavily-treed yard. The energetic sixth graders were done raking and bagging way ahead of schedule.
"I didn't have to explain how to do anything, and they just dug right in and started organizing themselves," Steen praised. "I haven't heard any complaints about the cold."
Sixth grader Aubrey Click was happy to help.
"It's fun to help people," she said with a smile.
Jamie Gammill, also a sixth grader, said community service might be a little better than being in class.
"It's a little cold, but it's worth it," he said.
Homeowner Joannie Favre was the happiest of all.
"It's a lot of work, I'll tell you," she said as she brought out treats and drinks for the rakers. "I have a big yard, and they're doing great."
As part of Friday's Community Service Day at MMW, students participated in many projects on and off school grounds, including service to the Humane Society, ICA Foodshelf, Diabetes Foundation, baking cookies for seniors, among many others.