Students ‘Tune-up’ Altoona for second year

Altoona Area High School teachers and students helped renew the city with their second annual “‘Toona Tune-up.”

On Wednesday, 50 Altoona Area teachers and more than 600 students volunteered more than a combined 3,000 hours to help clean Altoona parks and streets.

Wearing maroon and white shirts, the students and teachers could be found at 20 sites in the city with shovels, rakes, paint rollers and garbage bags.

More than 50 students at Fairview Ball Park painted bleachers and picnic tables, pulled weeds, redistributed mulch at the park’s playground and edged the park’s sidewalks and jogging track.

All across the city, their work began at 9 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. And it was hard work, 11th-grader Breanna Corle said during a break at Fairview Ball Park.

“We’re just doing a lot of basic upkeeping,” she said. “I live around here, and (Fairview Ball Park) needed work, honestly.”

There’s tons of kids that come here. I think a lot of people in the area will appreciate it,” Corle said.

Getting out of class for the day was a perk, senior Rachel Lingenfelter said. But she volunteered because she said the city needs a new look.

“Cleaning Altoona is refreshing,” she said. “A lot of things need sprucing up around here. And it’s nice to be able to help out the community the way we are.”

Teachers Tom Palfey and Robin DeShong coordinated the effort with Central Blair Recreation Commission.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.