A group of Brownstown Central High School students has spent recent mornings getting “down and just a little dirty.”

The volunteer efforts of the students in Blake Hackman’s horticulture class have paid off with a freshly landscaped Heritage Park — just in time for Sunday’s 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The ceremony will include performances by local musicians Tyler Wessel and Joe Persinger, and the Bicentennial Choir will perform. There also will be speakers and light refreshments.

Anyone planning to attend may bring their own lawn chairs.

The students spent about an hour each day planting trees and bushes and putting down mulch at the park in the 100 block of East Walnut Street.

Besides benefiting efforts to improve their community, the students received another bonus from the fruits of their labor — getting out of class for a bit.

Hackman said there’s a bigger project in the works down the road.

“We are going to place a sculpture that should be done next semester as the corner guard in memory of the late Wilma Wessel,” he said. “It is going to be a really neat thing. We have been working with the Wessel family on it.”

Wessel died Jan. 7 of this year and was a member of the Heritage Park committee and Brownstown/Ewing Main Street. The Heritage Park project was conceived by and developed through the cooperation between the town council and Brownstown/Ewing Main Street.

“This was her vision,” Hackman said.

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