Local college students help pick up trash in a Cedar Rapids neighborhood

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Students from Coe College and Mount Mercy University got out their walking shoes to help pick up trash in the Mound View Neighborhood.

Coe College student Zach Gettes says, "(Coe College) Being so close to the Mound View neighborhood, it is very important for us to make a connection with the people, and perform a good service for them"

Gettes takes part in the clean up every year, and says he notices that the neighborhood appreciates their efforts.

He says "They're good people. They've lived here for a long time, and they do a lot of work, and a lot of volunteering of their own. Just being able to do this with them makes the experience worth it.”

The Mound View Neighborhood is on the Northeast side of the Cedar Rapids between Coe College and Mount Mercy University.

Coe College student Shannon Zelek says, "It does get a lot of traffic, and a lot of litter. So it is nice to help out and make it look nice for everyone who is passing through, or who lives here"

The Mound View Neighborhood Association has been hosting clean ups twice per year for the past six years. They say the event goes beyond ending blight.

Organizer Carol Sindelar explains, "There's a safety element for people. When you keep your neighborhood cleaned up like this, it makes a statement there that it is pride in place, and that we don't tolerate littering, and misbehavior.”

The next cleanup will be in the spring.