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Published: Monday, April 9, 2012 3:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 9, 2012 3:29 p.m. CDT
(BCR photo/Donna Barker)
Princeton High School Student Council members Christy Joehl (from left), Michael Zearing and Alyssa Thompson prepare for some outdoor community projects as part of the PHS student council's Community Clean-Up Day, set for 1 to 4 p.m. April 29 in Princeton. To find out more about the spring cleaning project and to get their names on the project list, Princeton residents may contact the high school at 815-875-3308 and ask for student council sponsor Katie Sayler.

PRINCETON — Those dreaded spring cleaning projects just got a bit easier, thanks to a group of Princeton High School students.

The PHS Student Council has set April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., for a PHS Community Clean-Up Day. The Student Council with its estimated 40 students is organizing the clean-up day, with additional PHS students and staff also volunteering their time and muscles for the afternoon project.

Student Council President Michael Zearing said students will pull weeds, plant whatever needs planting, wash windows and cars and mow yards, as long as the homeowner provides the lawn mower. If someone needs something brought up from the basement or moved from the garage for Princeton's junk collection day, the PHS students can do that too, Zearing said.

Student Council Vice Chairman Christy Joehl said the students are volunteering their time, and there is no charge to the homeowner. The students will need to stay within the city limits for the projects, she said.

If there are enough students to cover all the requests from residents, the students will then go to the local parks and public areas to pick-up trash, Zearing said.

To get lined up for the PHS Clean-Up Day, project chairman Alyssa Thompson said residents need to contact PHS Student Council sponsor Katie Sayler at PHS by April 23 at 815-875-3308.

Looking ahead to April 29, Thompson said the PHS Community Clean-Up Day is a great way for the PHS students to give back directly to the community and to show their support to the community which has been so supportive of the school.

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