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McDade volunteers gather for spring cleaning

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    The McDade band and cheerleaders get the crowd of students ready at a pep rally before the clean-up event Photos by Julianne Hodges
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    John Ubias (right) demonstrates how to dig a hole for a tree to the high school students.
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    Alena Moore (left) puts weeds she pulled from a flower bed into a bag held by her mother.
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    Amy Noack (left) holds a trash bag as her first grade students gather weeds, leaves and trash.
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    McDade ISD students in matching “McDade ISD Cares” shirts walk around town at the start of the clean-up event. Photos by Julianne Hodges
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    Alena Moore plants a flower in the newly-cleared flower bed.
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    Lynette Grantham (right) shows the students and volunteers how to plant a small plant.
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    John Ubias (left) and a high school student start digging a hole for a new tree.
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    McDade ISD students leave the high school gym to start the day.

On Friday, McDade students and community members spent the morning picking up litter, pulling weeds and planting flowers and trees. The community clean-up effort is the second annual McDade ISD Cares where volunteers help clean up the town.

The event started with a pep rally in the high school gym, then the students, staff and about 40 volunteers put on their gloves and pulled up their sleeves to get to work. They planted flowers, vegetables and trees around campus, as well as weeded flower beds, picked up trash, cleaning facilities and spreading mulch. The participants also cleaned up many locations around town, such as the Watermelon Festival grounds, the post office, and various churches and residential properties.

Much of the supplies, such as plants, mulch and the matching T-shirts for the event, were supplied by or purchased by donations from sponsors, including: Bluebonnet Electric, Leaf Landscape Supply, Elgin Ace Hardware, Bloomers Garden Center, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Elgin H-E-B, Bastrop County Cares, KaBoom, St. David’s Foundation, Lexington Country Greenhouses, Elgin Tractor Supply, Elgin CVS, Elgin Parker Lumber, Lone Star Mulch and Compost, Bastrop Lowe’s, Elgin Funeral Home, Paige Tractors, S&S Communications and Jeff Estes Re/Max Realtors.