MARSHALL - Forty students from St. Scholastica in Duluth arrived in Marshall on Friday to spend their spring break doing service projects around town as part of the Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Pay it Forward Tour.
On Saturday morning the students roused themselves from slumber at the Marshall Area YMCA for a round of repeat-after-me songs led by Youth Development Director Andy Larson.
The STLF Pay it Forward Tour is traveling though several cities, doing a service project in each one, eventually meeting up with other school STLF groups for a large project, Larson said.
Photo by Steve Browne
Marshall Area YMCA Youth Development Director Andy Larson leads students from St. Scholastica College’s Students Today Leaders Forever in a round of repeat-after-me songs before they head off to service projects around town.
The students will be doing projects for Holy Redeemer School, the First Lutheran Church, and Western Community Action, according to one of the project leaders Brittany Polanka, a junior at St. Scholastica.
"We came to Marshall because we know Andy, because he used to be in STLF at St. Scholastica," Polanka said. "We're going to help Holy Redeemer make props for summer Bible camp. It's about us giving up our spring break."
Sophomore Megan McCarthy led a group painting walls at Western Community Action Center.
Another group did some cleaning and painting at First Lutheran Church.
"The club meets weekly at college," McCarthy said. "We do various other service projects there, but this is the big one."