Iowa students offered credit for yard work

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DUBUQUE, IOWA (WBRE/WYOU/AP) — As the summer months approach, many people are doing yard work. But for those in Iowa who may not be able to do yard work themselves, a group of students is stepping in.

As part of the school’s curriculum, students from the alternative learning center in Dubuque are helping elderly and disabled people in the community with yard work.

During the last two weeks of school, students can choose from an array of different activities and receive school credit for it.

Volunteering to do the manual labor is one of the choices. Tim Hitzler, a teacher at the school, says they’re happy to help people in their community with a variety of yard work needs.

“The students and I and other students come out and help them. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need. And then we go and do it and the students get a physical education credit for doing that,” Hitzler said.

Hitzler says the students’ favorite part of this is getting to see the finished product and seeing how happy they make the people. The students and teachers at the alternative learning center will be helping people with yard work until June 6th, the last Thursday of classes in the Dubuque Community School District.

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