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Conservation Day gets students out into community

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Tidioute Community Charter School sophomore Riley Weilacher paints a leg of a pavilion at the boat launch Friday during Conservation Day.

Students from Tidioute Community Charter School were all over their community Friday during Conservation Day.

The students in grades seven through 12 worked on projects that had been recommended by Borough Council, as well as some jobs in-house at the school.

Dozens of students spent about two hours working on a variety of tasks — most of them involving painting.

“The school does provide a lot for us,” sophomore Riley Weilacher said as she painted one of the legs of a pavilion at the boat launch. “It’s nice to give back to the school and the community.”

Senior Codie Spittler has been participating in Conservation Days for years. “I like it,” she said. “I enjoy painting and it gets me out of class.”

Pictured are Tidioute Community Charter School students, (from left) Wyatt Greeley, Layna Hoken, and Skyler Fry, painting a picnic table at the boat launch Friday during Conservation Day.

“I notice at the end of the year that it needs redone,” Spittler said. “It looks better when it’s done.”

She was painting the bathroom at the boat launch. That was a new one. In past years, she has painted curbs, parking lines, and bleachers.

There were other students working on those projects this year.

Students repainted the parking-space lines along Main Street and the yellow curb areas in the same stretch. Other students went through with brooms ahead of the painters to make sure the paint would have clean surfaces to adhere to.

Some students painted picnic tables. Others repainted the lines on a basketball court. Some stained the borough’s Grant Street shed. A group applied paint to the bleachers and stairs at the ballfield.

This photo shows TCCS students, (from left) Brock Borland, Lucas Passauer, Cole McCauley, and Isaiah Passingham, painting a parking space line along Main Street Friday during Conservation Day

Not every student was working on a painting project.

There was a group in charge of placing flowers in the planters along Main Street.

“The borough gives ideas for projects,” Borough Manager Amanda Mesel said. “This is a great collaboration between the school and the borough. They help us do a lot.”

“It’s a great event,” Mesel said. “The kids like it. We like it.”

“It’s helping the town out,” sophomore Lucas Passauer said. “It’s good for the community.”

Tidioute Community Charter School seventh-grader Emerson Schantz paints a curb along Main Street during Conservation Day on Friday.

“It’s a good time and it lets us work together,” he said as he painted a parking space line.

“It makes our town look bright and clean,” freshman Taylor Blystone said. “It’s really good. It shows we can tag team it and get things done.”

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