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      Ottumwa High School students get involved in downtown beautification project

      Nearly a dozen Ottumwa High School students are getting involved in a downtown beautification project.

      The goal is to install eight different bulldog statues in front of downtown Ottumwa businesses. Main Street Ottumwa has obtained a $10,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation to help fund the project. MSO Director Bob Untied is now working with the OHS students. They just presented their vision in front of the city council this week.

      ??It's really part of a leadership development activity of high school students who are all very busy in various drama and athletic stuff, so they can't go door to door that's the main limitation to how many we'll probably end up selling, but at the same time both t-shirts and bulldogs will be for sale if businesses or individuals want to purchase those,?? Untied said.

      The next steps are to sell the statues to area businesses. OHS students will go before the city council again to seek approval for the Parks and Rec Department to install the bulldog statues. In May the group plans to connect businesses to artists who will help personalize the statues. Untied anticipates the project to be complete come summer.