Students clean up Ottumwa's parks for Youth Services Day

Students split into groups and board buses to clean up Ottumwa's parks.

As an extension of Earth Day and National Volunteer Week, 93 students from Ottumwa's Job Corps Center met at the Beach Ottumwa Friday morning to kick off a day of volunteering.

The students broke off into groups and set out to pick up trash and litter around most of Ottumwa's parks, including the Beach Ottumwa, Memorial Park, Wildwood Park, the skate park and all four quadrants of Ottumwa Park.

"The Job Corps kids have a chance to work outside and do some work in the community and burn off some of their extra energy and make a positive impact in the community, so it's a win-win situation for everybody," said Gene Rathje, Director of Ottumwa's Parks Department.

Rathje said this is the first time a clean-up project has been organized between the Parks Department and Job Corps' students, but said he was thankful for all the help and the students' enthusiasm.