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Photo provided Barnesville high school and college students get ready for the school district’s Community Cleanup Day scheduled for May 9. Students will help local businesses with yard work and clean up their businesses to thank them for their support. Pictured, left to right, are Jeannie Chance, Anna Sells-Stewart, Carter Steed, Darby Jones, Karter Kaplet, Logan Tague and Eric Wilson.

BARNESVILLE — To show their appreciation for the businesses that have supported them over the years, students in the Barnesville Exempt Village School District will host a Community Cleanup Day in May.

Cleanup is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 9, with a rain date set for May 16.

Superintendent Angela Hannahs said students in all grades, K-12, will participate to help clean the exterior or interior of area businesses’ stores. The initiative is a way for the school district to show its appreciation to local businesses that donate to their activities and programs.

“We try to get students of all grades to participate,” she said. “We just want to say thank you to the community that supports us. It’s something small that children can do and show that we simply appreciate the support we receive, not only with our academics but also with our sports programs. It’s just a small gesture to say thank you to our local businesses who support us.

She said whenever the school asked for donations, local businesses always came.

“If we do fundraisers, they always buy things for students to help them when they raise money for their sports teams.

They sponsored our gymnasium, our football stadium; they sponsor our STEM program, our high school musical. Any facet of our education system, they are ready to help us in any way they can,” she added.

Hannahs said cleanup plans are still underway.

Elementary, middle and high school principals are working with teachers to assess which classes, sports groups or student organizations might be interested in participating in the cleanup.

The school district originally planned to hold the event in 2020; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled it so far. Although this is the first year of the event, the district hopes to make it an annual event.

As of last week, 10 businesses had approached the school to help with the cleanup, though the district is still accepting more. On the cleanup date, students mow, cut weeds, pick up trash, wash windows, clean or whatever the store needs help with, Hannahs said.

Any businesses interested in bringing in students to help with the cleanup can call 740-425-3615.

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