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Students come out for annual cleanup

BUFORD -- Students from Old Suwanee Christian School recently participated in the fifth annual Old Suwanee Legacy Event by doing various community projects.

About 70 students and sponsors from grades 7 to 12 were involved in planting trees at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee, cleaning flood plains and the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, collecting and delivering items and cash donations for the North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, and ministering through music at Lake Springs Assisted Living in Buford.

The tree planting was part of the city of Suwanee's Arbor Day celebration, according to a news release. The students planted 12 trees at the Harvest Farm at White Street Park Garden. They also performed tree maintenance at Sims Lake Park, removing stakes from 56 tress and irrigation bags from 15 trees. Senior Environmental Planner Wes Rogers coordinated the events.

As part of the floodplain cleanup, the students collected more than 380 pounds of trash, the news release states. Brian Sterner, the water resources program coordinator, helped set up the project in conjunction with the Georgia Rivers Alive program.

For the second year in a row, students delivered food items to the North Gwinnett Co-op, which serves residents of Buford, Suwanee and Sugar Hill. The school collected more than 335 items for the co-op.

At Lake Springs Assisted Living, students ministered to residents through music and old-fashioned fellowship.

Old Suwanee Christian School was founded in 1984 and has an enrollment of 175 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.