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Teens Spruce Up Norwalk High

Norwalk High School students woke up early Saturday morning to help out at their school's 12th Annual Campus Clean Up. "It's uplifting to be out here today helping the school," said Ashley Baluneck, a student organizer of the event.

By mid-morning, 200 kids were picking up garbage, weeding, mulching and planting to get their campus ready for graduation next month. Several faculty members, including Principal Leonard Mecca, were also there with work gloves in hand.

Students planted two white birch trees to add to the Hero's Grove, which honors Norwalk High students who died while serving in the armed forces. Nine trees have been planted for fallen soldiers. "Eventually, white birches will be all around the campus," said history teacher Pat O'Shaughnessy, who is researching Norwalk High veterans with his students. The students also planted daylilies, expecting they will be in full bloom by graduation.

Campus Clean Up was started by Kyle Seaburg and O'Shaughnessy, two social studies teachers. In 1999, they saw then-principal Amos Dewey spreading mulch in a suit on the morning of graduation. This year's event was sponsored by the student government, the National Honor Society and BROWN — Bears Reaching Out Within Norwalk. The school obtained donations from parents, community members and local businesses, including Springdale Florists, Bagel King and Stew Leonard's.

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