ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Over 900 students participated in Western Albemarle High School's “WAHS for a Cause” event.

They worked on projects on and off campus. Some cleaned up the flower beds around the school and others painted murals around the campus.

Off-campus students picked up trash in Crozet, and others taught French to elementary schoolers. 

Student Government President Kylee Hughes says there was something for everyone to get involved.

“I think people really like doing it," she said. "I mean, of course students like it because they get to miss school but they also to do something they feel passionate about. I think in all of the projects you get to see all the visual change and feel like, ‘Wow, I made a difference in my community.'”

“When they all get back, they can start talking about what they did. Community service is something that is addictive, so once you get started you often want to keep going and that’s what were hoping that we’re laying the skids for that,” said Sandra McLaughlin, co-leader of WAHS Leadership.

“And I think for a lot of people they ask, ‘What is a leadership program do?’ Our philosophy has largely been, we should always try to leave this school or leave the place you’re in a better place than when you found it,” said Molly Miracle, co-leader of WAHS Leadership.

This is their third year doing this event and they hope to continue it to get students involved and help them feel like they are making a difference.