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Cleaning up

Catholic students assist city crews downtown

Students from Ironton’s Catholic schools helped clean up the city on Friday.

Along with faculty, about 72 students from St. Lawrence and St. Joseph schools picked up trash, pulled weeds, swept streets and spread mulch downtown.

The schools worked with the City of Ironton and Ironton Municipal Court on the effort.

“It was similar to what the city does each week for clean up,” faculty member Kim Johnson said. “The students wore work clothes and work shoes and took their supplies to meet the mayor and Judge (Kevin) Waldo at 8:30 a.m.”

Johnson said it was a learning process for the students.

“I told my group what a weed looked like, so they wouldn’t pull up the flowers,” she said.

She said Mayor Katrina Keith told the students about the importance of the clean up and that the city provided lunch for them.

Johnson said the students worked through the morning, finishing up just before noon.

“It was good community service and we got to take the students out of the classroom for a while,” she said.