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On Friday, May 19, 2017, seniors from Southeast Polk Community High School gave back to the communities in Eastern Polk County during the annual Senior Community Involvement Project (SCIP). Seniors cleaned up areas in Altoona, Mitchellville, Runnells, and Pleasant Hill.“We are excited to have these seniors volunteer their time within our community,” said Heath Ellis, Parks & Recreation Supervisor. “Seniors will be removing invasive species including garlic mustard and honeysuckle from the woodlands near Christie Lane Park. These invasive species are a continuous threat to the woodlands and removing them prevents accelerated damage.Ten of the Southeast Polk Seniors will be cleaning up these invasive species in Pleasant Hill near Christie Lane Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Upon completion of their community projects, the seniors will enjoy lunch at Thomas Mitchell Park in Mitchellville, which is sponsored by local Lions Clubs.“It is always great to see students volunteering within our community,” said Mayor Sara Kurovski. “Their efforts certainly make a big impact and cleaning up these woodlands will allow citizens to utilize these areas for years to come. City leaders are continuously encouraging residents to get involved in their city government. Seeing these students excited about improving areas is encouraging and certainly creates supports the effort that Pleasant Hill is a terrific community with caring residents.”