The senior class at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton spent a week at home this year for their class service project. For the past several years, the school sent seniors out of town for service work to places like New Orleans and Birmingham, but this year decided to keep the kids at home and work in Alton.
The school assisted Pride Incorporated, the City of Alton, and Riverbend Head Start on several projects around town last week. Alton Park and Recreation Director Mike Haynes says the work on painting projects was huge:
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The students also painted, spread mulch and helped clean up at several parks and landmarks including Lincoln Douglas Square and some of the nearby planters. Five homes were also painted for Pride Inc., and another prepped for future work, and the students volunteered at Head Start. Eighty-six students plus their adult leaders, school staff and parents took part in the week of service.