Youth Service Day: Columbia students clean up downtown area

Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 1:02 p.m. CDT; updated 4:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 20, 2012
Students from around Columbia volunteered to clean up streets, parks and yards around the downtown area as part of Youth Service Day 2012.

COLUMBIA — "Extreme Makeover: Downtown Edition" occurred Saturday morning, and city streets and alleyways are a little cleaner because of it.

The fourth annual Youth Service Day attracted nearly 50 area students who picked up trash and cleaned graffiti around downtown. Volunteers gathered in Peace Park for a light breakfast before dispersing in groups to neighborhoods as far as Douglass Park.

Youth Community Coalition coordinator Ryan Worley congratulated the students for spending two hours of their Saturday helping the community. Worley earlier likened the event to the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," where houses are the subjects of renovation.

Worley said that, in general, students are willing to participate in service projects; they just need an opportunity to do so.

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