EUGENE, Ore. — Despite the freezing temperatures, students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Center spent their day helping build a retaining wall on the Ridegline Trail near Spencer Butte Thursday.
They helped build a retaining wall to keep the trail from sliding down the hill.
The program helps youth who are currently in the juvenile system complete high school or earn a GED. It also offers vocational training, which includes the horticulture crew.
“They feel more of a sense of ownership towards their community, and it reduces crime,” Alan Butler, Lane County Community Service Worker.
“It’s hard work, but at the same time it’s nice to build something that’s going to last for a long time,” said Jorge Guerrero, MLK Jr. Education Center student.
The students in the horticulture program do community service year round.