MASON CITY, Iowa - Students with Mason City Alternative High School spent their Thursday outdoors beautifying parts of town.
The school spent Wednesday and Thursday planting trees and bushes along 9th Street SW west of Taft, and along 15th Street SW between Pierce and Monroe. The Mason City Parks Department was on hand providing safety vests and tools, and also helped and taught students how to properly plant and mulch.
Seniors Aaliyah Kuchel and Devon Wagner say this is just one way of giving back to their community.
"Even though it's cold, we still like to help around. It's pretty fun, we did it last year. And it's a plus to get out of class."
They add that the day can teach them about character and caring.
"It's great to get out in your community and realize what's going on, and be able to affect and impact. And we're also trying to show that all these not bad kids, it's good kids. Like we help, we're helpful, we're not all bad. We're friendly."
Altogether, students planted over 100 trees between both stretches of streets.
The event was put on by the Mason City Volunteer Center, with trees being provided courtesy of a partnership with Trees Forever and Alliant Energy's "Branch Out" program.