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Spring clean

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A DAY’S WORK: Clayton Powell, 16, throws debris into a truck bed Wednesday during the Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School community day of service. Students went to different locations across Grant County.
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LENDING A HAND: Maisy Feltner, 17, and Jasmine Tate, 18, paint a stop sign in FairmountWednesdayduring the Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School community day of service. Students helped clean community members’ yards and picked up trash at different locations.

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com

FAIRMOUNT — Five hundred and twenty students from Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School traveled to Fairmount, Summitville and other locations in Grant County for a school-wide community service learning day Wednesday.

Principal Ben Mann said the event was important because it teaches students to understand what it means to give back to the community.

“I think it’s just the whole thing of community building,” Mann said. “Our community is going to be what we all make it, and so if they leave our building understanding the importance of giving back so that as they move into adulthood and into life and have children that they can stress that importance with their own kids.”

Some students helped clean yards in Fairmount by loading unwanted objects into trucks. Others helped pick up trash at different locations and a few painted stop signs.

“It’s meaningful,” said Khia Alstaugh, a seventh grader who was helping to clean up litter in Park Cemetery.

Maisy Feltner, a junior at the high school, said the event was important because it got her out of the classroom and allowed her to help the community.

“It keeps the community thriving,” Feltner said, “and it helps everyone come together to make the place more better.”

Alissa Meyer, president of Main Street Fairmount, said the event teaches students to “invest in their town and to serve someone other than themselves.”

“Last year when we did this we had several people say that it inspired them,” Meyer said. “Seeing these young kids out here, (others) get out in their own yard and clean up, so it does a lot of good for everybody.”

Matt Kurr was one of the Fairmount community members who asked students for help.

“It helps me clean up a lot,” Kurr said. “I work two jobs and stuff like that and half the stuff I can’t do myself so (the students) coming by doing that – it just helps out.”

He said he hopes the event will teach students to get involved and led a hand in their community.