On Sunday, August 27, the Shattuck-St. Mary’s school community spread out around Faribault and its campuses with the mission of picking up debris and trash, spreading mulch at the SSM ropes course and the White Sands park, pulling buckthorn at River Bend Nature Center, and collecting and planting acorns and walnuts to start a tree farm at the St. James’ campus.
During its eighth annual “Hands Across Faribault” event, more than 500 students, faculty, and staff members could be seen around town in bright pink t-shirts as they worked outdoors to beautify the community. SSM’s first tree nursery project was initiated using white oak, red oak, hickory, and walnut seeds gathered from the SSM grounds for use in later years on and near campus. This project was completed by the SSM Middle School and is sited on the St. James campus. In addition to projects at SSM and River Bend, students and staff worked at Alexander Park, Wapacuta Park, Teepee Tonka Park, White Sands, Sakatah Trail, Shager Park, the Straight River Trail, Maple Lawn Park, and the Chamber of Commerce green space.
Special thanks to Fr. Henry Doyle for organizing the Hands Across Faribault service opportunities.
View a comprehensive Hands Across Faribault photo gallery here.