Students from Kenosha Unified schools helped spruce up city parks as part of “EL World Day” events on Friday.
Students from Harborside Academy and Frank, Wilson, Jefferson and Vernon elementary schools took part.
Harborside is an Expeditionary Learning schools, which emphasizes project-based, interdisciplinary educational activities and community involvement.
Mayor John Antaramian read a proclamation at 11 a.m. at Harborside. Then those students fanned out to area parks to assist fourth- and fifth-graders from the elementary schoools.
Work took place at Columbus, Hobbs, Anderson and Washington parks. Work included laying mulch, removing trash and leaves and weeding/spading gardens.
Harborside students also worked at other parks and beaches, including Petrifying Springs, Kennedy, Simmons Island, Wolfenbuttel, Eichelman and Baker.
In addition, Frank, second- and third-graders delivered thank-you cards to local police, the sheriff’s department and firefighters, and kindergarten and first-graders visited nursing homes. Another group of Frank students delivered decorated lunch bags to the Shalom Center.
In all, about 400 high school students, 150 middle schoolers and more than 1,000 elementary students were involved.