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Marshfield High students brave rain, clean up campus as Earth Day nears

Students in Coos County braved the rain for a special outdoor clean-up, April 19, 2017. (SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Local high school students braved the rain Wednesday for a special outdoor clean-up.

Earth Day is officially this Saturday, April 22, but students at Marshfield High School are already getting their hands dirty in honor of the event, raking, shoveling and pulling weeds on campus.

"For the past several years, we've made Earth Day be an 'Earth Week' event,” said Marshfield High science teacher Jonathan Hill. “We have several different things that happen throughout the week."

And nearly all 9th through 12th graders at Marshfield will be hitting the outdoors to help this week.

"We have some work happening here in various areas around the cemetery to help remove some invasive species,” Hill said. “We also have beautification happening -- removing some weeds and hopefully being able to spread some bark mulch and things of that sort, to be able to improve the local environment that we have."

The Coos Bay Chamber of Commerce recently helped improve the landscape around the high school, but Hill says it's important for the students to get out and continue the clean-up and maintenance of the campus.

"We really need to teach them that the earth is for everyone to take care of; it's not just something that a small group can take care of. It is something that we need to treat well so that we have it in pristine condition in the future."

Students will be working all week, but the community is invited to come help out.

Work will be done at Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the 10th Street Park in Coos Bay on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can bring your own tools if you'd like, but gloves will be provided. Those who help out will receive a free taco meal voucher.

Port Orford will also be hosting a clean-up at Buffington Park on Saturday.

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