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Alternative Learning Center students help disabled and elderly with yard work

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — As the Summer months approach many people will be out doing yard work, but for those in the community that cannot physically do that themselves, students at the Alternative Learning Center are stepping in to help.

As part of the school’s curriculum, students can choose from various activities during the last two weeks of school that will count towards their physical education credits. Volunteering to do yard work for people in the community is one of the options.

A teacher at the school, Tim Hitzler, says he and the students will be helping people with an array of outdoor chores.

“The students and I and other students come out and help them. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need.”

Hitzler says he wanted to add the yard work as an option for the students to receive credit because it is not only a way for the school to help out the community, but it is beneficial to the students as well. 

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated. What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

Students and teachers at the Alternative Learning Center will be helping people with yard work until June 6th, the last Thursday of classes in the Dubuque Community School District.

If you are interested in having the students come out and help with your yard work needs, you can call Tim Hitzler at (563)-599-2915

Cori Hanna

Today in Iowa reporter

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