Fourteen students from five Iron Range Schools joined together to help children and families served by two Twin Cities agencies. The two-day trip in late July brought Iron Range Youth in Action (IRYA) students to the Ronald McDonald House and a Salvation Army kids camp in St. Paul. 

Students got to choose the organizations where they wanted to serve and worked to raise money to cover the costs. IRYA program coordinators then scheduled the itinerary. Students were responsible for planning the meal, grocery shopping, and then preparing and serving the food to 70 people at the Ronald McDonald House.

The following day they visited the Salvation Army kids camp, where they played games and spent time with the children there.

This was the second annual service-learning trip for the IRYA youth. "I feel that we made a huge difference, and that we learned a ton," Andrew Dale, a senior from Mt Iron-Buhl High School stated. "We played games with the kids and helped with their meal times. It felt so good to help and spend time with them, it really made me think how lucky I am. Overall, it was fun and an eye-opening service learning trip."

IRYA students involved in the trip came from Southridge, Mountain Iron-Buhl, Virginia, Hibbing, and Mesabi East schools, led by program coordinators, Taryn Burnett and Tyler Erickson.

IRYA is a service organization that promotes youth leadership with a goal of bringing positive change to northern Minnesota. To learn more about Iron Range Youth in Action and the opportunities available to youth visit irya.org