CLIVE, Iowa - Students from the Walnut Creek Campus in West Des Moines continued their partnership with the City of Clive Wednesday to improve the Clive Greenbelt Trail along the Walnut Creek.
Last year, students from the school decided to build a "Little Free Library" along the Clive Greenbelt Trail as part of a spring service learning project. The library contains books anyone can take to read for free, and is located along the trail just next to Walnut Creek and the Clive Aquatic Center. This year, students returned to add mulch and wildflowers to the seating area next to the library, as well as plant trees in a wetland area nearby. Students also added wildflowers to the area and removed invasive honeysuckle and honey mustard plant species along the creek.
Service Learning Instructor, Shelley Clayton, says service learning is a crucial course for students to take in high school today, because it gives them real-world skills.
"First, they get that hands-on experience talking and engaging with people in the community, which is something they're going to have to do when they leave high school," she said. "It also lets them see from another person's point of view what's going on in our community."
Students at Walnut Creek Campus also participate in an indoor service learning project in the fall through Meals from the Heartland, packaging meals for those in need.