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160 Rio Lindo Students Help Beautify at 'Community Service Day'

Group of 11 students at Carson Warner Skatepark clear brush and trash and spread bark chips.

About 160 students from Healdsburg's cleared brush, washed cars, spread bark chips and otherwise beautified the city Sunday in a "Community Service Day."

Rio Lindo teacher Lynny Chapman said the school does the service to help the community and also -- at activities where money is collected -- raise funds for the school's "Open Table" event for the homeless at Healdsburg Plaza.

Chapman on Sunday was supervising a group of 11 students at on Grove Street.

He said the students, at the suggestion of the city of Healdsburg, were helping to spread bark chips around the cement structures, clear brush and collect trash.

Some of the students brought their own skateboards to use during the job and afterward.

"I told them that for the last half-hour, they could have some fun," Chapman said.

Another Rio Lindo group ran a car wash at pharmacy on Healdsburg Avenue. Chapman said the proceeds will help fund the next "Open Table" in October at Healdsburg Plaza.

During "Open Table," the school offers a meal, clothes and toiletries for the homeless and a community prayer service.

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