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HARRISBURG — About 200 high school students from across Central Pennsylvania joined together Friday to give one of Harrisburg’s top destinations a much needed makeover.

The annual Youth Day of Caring, organized by the United Way of Capital Region, brought in juniors and seniors from eight local high schools: Bishop McDevitt, Camp Hill, Central Dauphin East, Middletown, Red Land, SciTech, Susquehanna Township, and Trinity. Kids picked up their shovels, rakes, and paint brushes and performed community service.

“We know it’s hard for the City, they don’t necessary have the time needed to do all of the cleanups (on City Island),” said Jessica Whitmyer, Youth Day of Caring Committee member. “The students are able to supplement that and help get (City Island) ready for the Senators season.”

The Harrisburg Senators’ return to City Island for the 2023 season on Tuesday, April 11.

Students raked brush away from the hill next to the island’s north parking lot, planted flowers by the entrance to FNB Field, laid woodchips along the hill next to the train station, and painted the walls of the train station, and numerous trash cans around the carousel area.

“This is honestly really fun and made me feel good about making this a cleaner and better place,” said student volunteer Adetola Adeniyi, a senior at Susquehanna Township. “It’s important because we want to make this a beautiful place for people when they come here. It’s great to be able to come here and help the community make it nice.”