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Published October 25, 2010, 09:26 PM

Students Go On A Tour Helping Communities

The Pay It Forward Tour is for middle school through college aged students to learn more about other communities and about themselves.

Students from around the Grand Forks area are making a difference in people's lives.

The Pay It Forward Tour is for middle school through college aged students to learn more about other communities and about themselves.

UND student Ryan Peyton has been helping with service projects for more than 4 years.

"I first became interested just because I like to do service and one of my friends when I was back in high school told me there was this trip to Chicago and I'd never been there," Peyton said.

Peyton is a college leader for the Pay It Forward Tour, where students learn more about other communities and social issues. The group travels to different cities helping with projects.

"We go to nursing homes and play bingo or help with landscaping cleanup like fall cleanup or help paint a church," Red River High School Student Brittany Egeland said.

"It's really helped me develop as a leader; there's a lot of times where someone has to step up and lead something or do a certain activity," Peyton said.

The recent trip had students traveling to Kansas City. A 5-day trip helping different organizations and people in need along the way.

"It's nice to get to feel how grateful people are and know that what you're doing is actually making a difference even if you are just in high school," Red River High School student Jordyn Fugere said.

Young people making a difference in the lives of strangers.

"Doing service is extremely rewarding and it teaches you a lot about yourself and also on top of that you get to see a lot of places you otherwise wouldn't see," Peyton said.

The Pay It Forward Tour is $275 for students, but those WDAZ talked to say it is worth it for the experience.

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