Morton students participate in city-wide "help-a-thon"

By WEEK Producer

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Students at Morton Junior High School are getting a lesson in community service outside of the classroom.

More than 400 students fanned out throughout the village on Wednesday as part of a community-wide 'Help-A-Thon.'

This is the first year for the event.

For two hours Wednesday morning, students did a variety of community projects, including washing fire trucks, assisting at a local library and helping out an area food bank.

"Our goal with this whole thing is that it could be more than just a fundraiser,” said Principal Lee Hoffman. “We were hoping that we could give the students an opportunity to learn about service to learn about community, and hopefully that happens today."

"I think that it’s very important. If we don't then, then the older people of our community will think that all teenagers are bad and that they don't help out with anything,” said 8th grader Gabe Seaman.

The students also used their community service to raise some money.

Before the event, students asked for sponsors to support their community service with monetary pledges.

The money they raised will be used to help various charities.