Students partner with Boy Scouts to clean up Wilmington cemetery

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A school assignment has turned into a good cause. Students from Laney High School came out to clean up storm debris at the Oakdale Cemetery Saturday.

Seniors at Laney have to complete a graduation project that includes community service. They took this opportunity to join in on the Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

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Gretchen Kozen teaches at Laney and her husband is the superintendent of the cemetery. She says the cemetery had a lot of debris and trees down after Florence.

“A lot of my kids, or the kids that have been here today, haven’t been to oakdale cemetery before. So this is opening new doors for them. It’s expanding their boundaries a little bit. And they’re able, through raking some leaves and picking up some hurricane debris, they’re able to give back to the community in a way that they probably wouldn’t be able to before,” said Kozen.

The students were joined by around 20 boy scouts and their families. Kozen says they are trying to organize another clean up day on October 27th.