Students break a sweat helping clean river

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Pulling honeysuckles out, isn’t easy but New Tech Academy students are tough. “I really enjoy helping people and I like to do hard work as well. So this was really good for me,” Nathanial Leamon said.

It’s also good for the river. “There is a lot of focus on the rivers and some people need to see it to believe it and the Asian Bush Honeysuckle has walled off the rivers for anybody to be able to see it,” Dan Wire, Tri-Sate Watershed Alliance, said.

280 students were spread out Tuesday picking up trash or helping remove the invasive bush at Guldlin Park. It’s part of the plan put in place in the early stages of the riverfront project, and it puts tax payer’s dollars to use. “This is part of the local income tax option and this work that we’re doing on the riparian environment is specifically river-related. We’re working in the river and we’re working on the corridor. So, I’d like to help people understand that development is not always brick and mortar- it can be bringing our riverfront back to a natural environment,” Wire said.

With all the focus on the rivers right now, it was a good way to volunteer and it was a bonding experience for the students.

“Fort Wayne is symbolic for the three rivers; we were built on the three rivers. So we’re just trying to make it look nice around them and be more presentable,” Nayeli Pozuelos said.

“We like doing it because at New Tech we’re a project-based learning school, a hands-on learning school. So we like to go out and a do a lot of volunteering around Fort Wayne to make Fort Wayne look good,” Latrell Lapsley said.

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