VILAS COUNTY - Raking and blowing leaves sound like thankless chores. But to Northland Pines senior Mariah Miller, they're a fun activity.
"I just love being outside, and plus today's like the best day," said Miller.
Miller and many of her Northland Pines classmates spent Wednesday working at dozens of places around Vilas County.
"I think Earth Day's been one of my favorite days of my high school career," said junior Rebecca Beyersdorf.
The groups of students cleaned up people's yards as well as parks. The service started 14 years ago with willing students and a list from Vilas County Health and Aging. It's now grown through word of mouth.
"It just makes us feel really good that we've been cleaning everybody's yards, people that couldn't do it, we did it for them," said Miller.
The students weren't just in Eagle River. There were groups in Land O' Lakes and St. Germain as well.
"We just had scholarship night, and they gave so much money to us and it's just the gratitude that I can give back to them. It's great," said Miller.
And with the weather as nice as it was on Wednesday, working outdoors started to give the kids a glimpse of summer vacation.
"Give us a little extra motivation to think 'It's almost the end of the year; we have this one day to hang out and relax, and then it's the end of the year and we're done'," said Beyersdorf.
The cleanup was originally scheduled for Earth Day last week, but it was postponed because of weather.