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Hastings band students spruce up landscaping

More than 60 Hastings High School band students spent time transforming an overgrown area near the high school cafeteria last week.

Hastings High School band members took on overgrown landscaping on the east side of the school near the cafeteria last Thursday and Friday. They spent five hours each day weeding, pruning, hauling and essentially clearing out planting areas that had grown beyond their intended boundaries.

The service days are new to the Hastings band program, director Spencer White said.

“As part of the Hastings Bands’ strategic plan, we are trying to foster a stronger sense of community, service and pride in our students,” said White, who, along with Jen Pesch, directs the district’s band program. “As the band program continues to grow, we have a greater responsibility to give back to our school and community. This project is a step toward those goals.”

An annual bowling event has provided funds for the district, such as sousaphones, marimbas, a new band trailer, music stands, technology and more.

In all, the 63 student volunteers provided 346 hours of labor last week, White said.

They removed five truck/trailer loads of debris from overgrown plants and weeds, planted 63 new drought-tolerant plants, spread 12 yards of mulch, and spread 5 yards of stone.

Hastings Band Boosters vice president Chris Stafford was the lead parent organizer for the landscaping project. He developed the plan and coordinated the workers both days.

The boosters covered the cost of the project, White said.




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