LAWRENCEVILLE (KDKA) – More than 150 local students are giving back to the community by sprucing up a 200-year-old park.

The students picked up trash, planted flowers at beautified Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville during a special day of service.

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Some Pittsburgh Arsenal students took a break from traditional academics today to get some hands-on experience.

“We’re really trying to instill that community service and giving back to your community can really be a fun thing,” David Breingan, with Lawrenceville United, said.

However, today wasn’t only about giving back.

The students also learned to be good citizens and good members of the community.

“Without a clean park, people can’t enjoy it,” Arianah Hollins said.

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The students also learned about the history and environment of the park.

The park celebrates its bicentennial this year – carrying history that dates back to the Civil War.

“We do talk about the history of Arsenal, the grounds,” Arsenal Middle School Principal Patti Camper said. “Why we’re called Arsenal and the historic context behind it.”

“From an historical standpoint, they need to understand that things existed before they were born and there are beautiful elements in our city. There are things that mean a lot to our city,” Friends of Arsenal Park President Randall Sulkin said.

For the students, it was a lesson well-learned.


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