Hamilton High students complete winter planters downtown

Many hands make light work when 22 Hamilton High students and teachers put the finishing touches on downtown Christmas decor in Webster City over the weekend.

A budget reallocation for the SSMID — that’s Self Supported Municipal Improvement District — put the holiday planters on the 2022 Christmas to-do list this season, according to Anna Woodward, director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Luckily, Hamilton High students stepped in to help and the Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Department provided the evergreen tree clippings, she said in a press release.

Downtown Webster City has 63 planters that canbe transitioned from spring/summer flowers to winter decor.

In the past, this project has been completed by professionals, however, this year’s budget is being allocated to other downtown improvements and maintenance needed in 2023, Woodward said.

The team of students worked with teachers to snap off evergreen branches to size for the downtown planters. Another group of students added decorations to the Christmas in the City tree, sponsored by American Sanitation.

Hamilton High Alternative School is a program administered by the Webster City Community School District. As part of its programming, students have the opportunity to complete 20 hours of community service learning.

The program, currently housed in the former Lawn Hill Elementary School, will have seven graduates for the 2022-2023 school year.

Woodward added a special thank you to the Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds Department for moving fast on a tree trimming project in Graceland Cemetery and hauling the clippings downtown in time for the student’s work session.

It’s a win-win.


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