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Sebring students pitch in to clean up litter

McKinley High School's Ecology Club has other projects to benefit the village.
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The Sebring McKinley High School Ecology Club recently cleaned up a portion of Johnson Road through the "Adopt-a-Highway" program.

SEBRING — Sixteen Sebring McKinley High School students opted to spend some of their free time last weekend participating in Cleanup Day projects.

Cleanup Day was the first major project for the Ecology Club this year. The Mahoning County Green Team supplied trash grabbers, vests, bags and gloves for the students to use. 

Students picked up trash littered on a section of Johnson Road that is part of the club's "Adopt-a-Highway" program.

"Our students always amaze me," said Carolyn Hollback, who is in her first year as the Ecology Club adviser. "They have fun doing the simplest things, even picking up trash.

"They want to make an impact on their community and our Ecology Club provides the means for them to accomplish that goal," Hollback said.

The club, comprised of 23 students, takes on projects to clean up, recycle and contribute to the community.

Each week, students gather recyclable paper from classrooms throughout the school. They also sponsor recycling contests throughout the year.

In October, students will take part in their Trick or Treat for Turkeys project. Ecology Club members trick-or-treat to raise money which will be used to help the McKinley Junior High School student senate purchase turkeys for families in need during the holidays.

The students will return to maintain their portion of Johnson Road and are planning a cleanup in some Sebring parks in April for their Earth Day project.

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