Volunteers clean up east Austin on National Service Day



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Posted on January 19, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 19 at 7:41 PM

AUSTIN -- All across the country Saturday, Americans participated in the National Day of Service.

At Kaeling Middle School, students picked up bottles, collected trash, and gave up a few hours on the weekend to clean the streets of east Austin.

It was a special community service project, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Kealing Middle School Parent-teacher Association organized the clean up for students as part of the MLK day of service, a national initiative honoring the civil rights leader's legacy.

"Dr. Martin Luther King was really about how do you give to others, how do you sacrifice because there are always people who are in need, sometimes in more need then you are," said Kazique Prince.

Organizers were expecting just 20 students to show up. Instead, nearly 150 members of the community came out to help, including some University of Texas student athletes.

"This community's given so much for us....it's just a small thing we can do for them," said UT swimmer Ellen Lobb.

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