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Make-a-Difference day lives up to its name for high school students

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One eastern Iowa high school is doing their part to make a difference in their community. More than 60 students of Marquette High School in Bellevue spent the day outside of the classroom and making a difference in their community through Make-a- Difference day.

Samuel Peters is a first year student at Marquette High School. He said he enjoyed getting out of the classroom and helping others.

"You're getting out of the classroom but at the same time you are helping people and having fun." Peters said.

Peters was among a group of students working at the St. Donatus Parish. His group spent the day cleaning off new tables and chairs, along with preparing sausage for the annual St. Donatus Pancake and Sausage breakfast taking place this weekend.

Mary Pat Breitfelder is a member of the St. Donatus Parish council.

"I don't know what we would have done without them because it's hard," she said. "Those old tables are heavy and it took two people to lift them. These kids can lift up these new tables set them up, and move them around."

Clayton Pederson is a teacher at Marquette High School. He hopes Make-a-Difference day inspires students to help out more within the community.

"Their is always someway they can help out with somebody that needs help and they can provide that help." Pederson said.

Along with work at the St. Donatus Parish, other area students performed community service include Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, along highway 62 outside of Bellevue, and Marquette High School.

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