Michael Bushnell

If you noticed a cadre of young people out at the colonnade in Concourse Park Tuesday morning, say a big thank you to students at the Guadalupe Centers High school who were taking part in one of their spring community projects.

According to Kieth Schoen, Academy Coordinator with Guadalupe Centers High School, the group of students are from the high school’s  Impact Academy where students study on how to positively impact their surrounding community.

“We teamed up on this project with Mary O’Connell from Jerusalem Farm and the students learned about invasive species,” Schoen said.  “They planned a service learning project and then they recruited a group of volunteers from our high school to come and do a cleanup day here at the colonnade, removing honeysuckle and other invasive plants.”

Roughly 30 students took part in the project which culminated just before noon on Tuesday.

Project organizers (above) include Teacher and project coach Andrew Heinburger along with students Aldo Holguin, Alexis Mercado and Ricardo Rodriguez put together the project which involved organizing resources and volunteers, clearing the project with the Parks Board and working with project co-sponsor organization Jerusalem Farms.