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Day of Caring actually brought out the caring

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Day of Caring actually brought out the caring
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Spring fever. It's not so much a disease as it is a personality trait most people who have been forced to endure Minnesota's oh-so-lovely winter have in common.


It hits me hardest this time of year (the end of April, and early May). It's the time of year when its always sunny outside, and the temperature is always perfect (not too warm, not too cold), and it's the last, long month of school (where you dread it even more because you just want it to be done).

As hard as school is to handle, there is one day where we get a break, and get to enjoy spring. The event is called Day of Caring.

Day of Caring is pretty much self-explanatory. It's a day where us high school students get a chance to "give back to the community."

Basically, they split the whole high school into groups of about 10-12 people, and each group gets assigned a different job (such as ditch duty, yard cleanups, etc.) in the morning.

And we get a fun day in the afternoon (there are different events, such as battle of the bands, frolfing, kickball etc.)

My first Day of Caring last year was completely different from my Day of Caring this year. This year, it was sunny out, and kind of warm, and I was in a group that actually worked, and tried to help. Last year was a different story.

Last year was my first Day of Caring, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was raining, around 35 degrees, and my group was put on Highway 34 to clean ditches (between the college and Highland Drive).

I was put in a group with a lot of people I didn't know, and that combined with the weather was miserable enough.

To be honest, not only was my group completely unhelpful at everything, but just the fact any of them came to Day of Caring at all was amazing.

There were a couple familiar faces in my group, though. They were the two kids I wrote about in my first column (they hopped on the bus to Valley Fair at 5:30 in the morning for the ride. Maybe you read it, maybe you didn't).

I figured those two kids would have some unusual way of making that day memorable, and they did

It started with small things, like hiding in the woods, and rolling down the hill in a barrel. But then it turned into things such as throwing around the garbage bags they were suppose to be using for the cleanup.

And then came the invisible rope.

I have no idea if these kids spent half their lives practicing it or what, but they were good at it. (The invisible rope is where one person stands on each side of the road, and when a car comes by, they each pretend to be pulling a rope, thus causing all the cars to stop).

The two kids did it, car after car, and I figured it was only a matter of time until they got in trouble, which was true.

Because of the stupidity of the two, I spent my first Day of Caring standing on the side of Highway 34, in the freezing rain, watching the two kids get arrested.

I guess this year's sunny, quiet Day of Caring wasn't so bad.

Jonah Bowe is a sophomore at Detroit Lakes High School.