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WDC students return from sandbagging in Fargo

There were 36 student volunteers from Wadena-Deer Creek school who went to Fargo Tuesday to sandbag before the flood.

Thirty-six WDC students came home Tuesday night after a 12-hour day of traveling and sandbagging in south Fargo -- exhausted, sore, muddy, and with a new perspective on how the flood is affecting residents.

WDC High School teacher, Travis Hensch, who accompanied the students to Fargo, was extremely proud of the students and believes this was a valuable experience for the 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students.

"Our students represented WDC phenomenally. The level of education for that day at the very least equaled what these young men and women would've learned in the classroom in that same time span. There are times in life where education in the classroom needs to take a back seat to other aspects of life. Yesterday's lesson on humanity was a perfect example of this," Hensch said.

The busload of students and three teachers left WDC at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning and returned home around 6:15 p.m. that evening. WDC teachers Jay Patterson and Curt Grenier also served as chaperones and volunteers in the effort.