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Up close – Decatur High students spring clean

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Up close – Decatur High students spring clean

A photo from the March 1 service project, courtesy of Chris Billingsley
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A photo from the March 1 service project, courtesy of Chris Billingsley

A photo from the March 1 service project, courtesy of Chris Billingsley

Chris Billingsley is a retied Decatur High teacher, but he’s still involved with the school and its students.

He sent along some notes about the Decatur High Close Up Club’s recent service project. Students in the club on March 1 held a “March Into Spring” work day at the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve.

“As part of the club’s service requirement, students volunteered at the nature preserve pulling invasive plants and spreading mulch on the trails,” Billingsley said.

The effort brought together Billingsley and another vocal member of the community, Catherine Fox. Fox has been one of the lead voices behind a push to strengthen the city’s tree ordinance. Billingsley was one of the most vocal opponents of the first draft of the ordinance. But the two Decatur residents did not let that stop them from teaming up to help DHS kids with their service project.

The students delivered wheel barrels full of mulch up Morse’s Hill, a Civil War observation site. According to Billingsley, DHS Social Studies Teacher Chris Curtis said that said that more than thirty students and three adults will attend this year’s week long trip to Washington D.C. in April.

During their trip the students plan to honor soldiers from Decatur and DeKalb County killed during World War I, Billingsley said.

According to Billingsley, the other volunteers were Paul Sims, Caitlin Sims, Alia Carlton, Vanessa Lueng, Jessie Summers, Mitchell Smith, and Katie Horne.

“If you would like to make a contribution to the DHS Close Up trip, or help pay for the memorial wreath, please contact Mr. Chris Curtis at ccurtis@csdecatur.net,” Billingsley said.

He also added, “On a personal note, I would like to point out that Decatur citizens, with very diverse views concerning public policy, can work together in a way that builds mutual respect and understanding.”

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