HELPING OUT: Branden McCarrel, Lachlan Scott, Tristan Nietfeld, Nicklaus Patrick and Jesse Riggs lend a hand at the Gladstone Croquet Club. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer
HELPING OUT: Branden McCarrel, Lachlan Scott, Tristan Nietfeld, Nicklaus Patrick and Jesse Riggs lend a hand at the Gladstone Croquet Club. Photo Declan Cooley / The Observer Declan Cooley

Gladstone State High's students dig deep to help out

GLADSTONE State High School students were working hard and sweating it out at the Gladstone Croquet Club today.

Instead of swinging mallets over the manicured lawns, the students were volunteering their time to help the club out by adding a layer of much needed top soil.

The 20 or so students were there as part of a year 12 volunteering class which asks students to donate 30 hours of their time to help the community out.

Gladstone State teacher Tristan Nietfeld, who appeared to be working the hardest despite the friendly banter between the students, said the volunteering course was a great benefit to both the students and the community.

"They get to learn about different aspects of the community by getting involved in it," Mr Nietfeld said.

He said other students helped out at nursing homes and held reading classes for younger students at primary schools.

Student Nicklaus Patrick --- who was working on filling up wheel barrows full of dirt --- said although he liked helping out the community, "it's a lot better than sitting in class."

Depending on the arrival of another load of dirt, the students should be there all day helping out.

The club has put on drinks and food for the hard working students.  



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