GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A group of high school students from New Haven took a road trip Friday to benefit an important cause.
They rolled up their sleeves and went to work at a farm in Guilford, not exactly an average school day but certainly a unique and valuable learning experience.
For the ninth graders from the Hopkins School, their day at the Pinchbeck Farm in Guilford began with gloves, safety goggles and excitement.
"I told them when they got here today, are you ready to work hard," said Michelle Ouimett, Roses for Autism.
And with that they were off.
"I wouldn't say its super hard, it's tedious," said John Pitkin, Hopkins freshman.
The kids, about 160 in all, went to work, a day without cell phones.
Their classroom Friday was a greenhouse, their assignment was simple, but not easy.
"We are helping clean a greenhouse, so that we can plant some more roses and then the roses will get sold," said Pitkin.
The flowers will be sold by the group Roses for Autism to help families cover the cost of treatment.
The group has nothing but kind words for the young people and what they're doing.
"We have to clean out the entire greenhouse which is an incredibly labor intensive process, and we don't have the manpower because we're a non profit, so it's important for the groups like from Hopkins school to help us out with that," said Ouimett.
For the 9th graders, this is just the beginning of four future years of community service, something Hopkins prides itself on.
"These are kids that are able to totally come out of themselves into other's lives and into the spirit of helping other people, so no, they're here for others and they know how to do that really well," said Barbara Riley, Hopkins School.
In the end, Friday was all about moving forward preparing for a new harvest of roses and young people beginning a mission of their own.
"And, if they're interested in what they're doing right now, they can concentrate on it outside of school," said Alisa, Hopkins Senior Mentor.
And the students were able to clear about half of that greenhouse Friday alone, which is pretty impressive.
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