By Associated Press - Monday, September 15, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - East Lansing High School seniors banded together to spruce up school gardens in hopes of counteracting graffiti that vandals sprayed on the building in June.

A group of students spent Sunday afternoon working to beautify the grounds by spreading mulch and removing weeds, the Lansing State Journal ( ) reported. Tom Hunt, the school’s athletic director, suggested the project after his daughter was “outraged” by the vandalism that occurred the day before classes ended for the summer, he said.

Six 2014 graduates were charged with misdemeanor counts of destruction of school property for the graffiti, which read “Seniors 2014.”

“It was a terrible reflection of who we are,” said Olivia Binke, the high school’s 2015 senior class president. “We just want people to realize that not only our class cares, but the whole school.”

Hunt recruited Binke and some of her classmates to help with the cleanup, just in time for East Lansing’s homecoming week.

“It’s their school. We’re just here to kind of be caretakers of it,” Hunt said. “(We want to) show the community want the real student body at East Lansing is like.”

Between 30 and 40 students from Michigan State University, including members of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, also joined in the effort.


Information from: Lansing State Journal,

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