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Improvements begin at Marysville Secondary Campus

From left, Ben and Michael Northrop work up a sweat on a cold day at the Marysville Secondary Campus Oct. 24. - Courtesy photo
From left, Ben and Michael Northrop work up a sweat on a cold day at the Marysville Secondary Campus Oct. 24.
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MARYSVILLE — Close to 50 community members showed up at the Marysville Secondary Campus Oct. 24 to start improvements to the four-acre property as part of the Marysville Arts and Technology High School’s Senior Legacy Auction for 2010.

Legacy Auction Co-Chair Lana Magnan explained that the work party of Marysville School District staff, students, parents and other volunteers arrived at 8 a.m. and spent the next seven hours cleaning up the site by picking up construction debris and garbage alike, as well as clearing out rocks and weeds.

Because not all of this work could be completed in a single day, Magnan and her fellow volunteers have scheduled another field clean-up day for Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Magnan thanked students such as Kylor Self for lending equipment such as tiller-tractors to work the field. She added that getting the field completely ready for its planned dedication in the spring of 2010 will still require scotch broom to be removed, trails to be cut and laid, and topsoil to be seeded. Even then, the grass will need to grow before the fields can be played on, which Magnan expects will take until the summer.

The Marysville Secondary Campus athletic field will serve not only the Arts and Tech School but also the 10th Street School and Heritage High School, by serving soccer, football, and possibly even softball and baseball players, which Magnan believes will ultimately benefit not only the three schools, but also the community as a whole.

Magnan sees a future in which such a field could accommodate not only after-school sports and physical education, but also outdoor lunches and classes.

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