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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just in time for students to return to school, volunteers are sprucing up their neighborhoods.
Today's "rebuilding our blocks" event is the first in a series to improve the city of Louisville.
Volunteers split up duties like taking down overgrown vegetation and picking up trash.The goal is to clean up as many vacant properties as possible.
They focused on areas around Byck Elementary and Wheatley Elementary in West Louisville.
"A lot of kids walk to those schools, and so we are hoping to make their first week back to school a little bit nicer looking and a little bit safer than it otherwise might have been," says Louisville Food Policy Advisor Theresa Zawack.
Volunteers also replaced boards on vacant homes with colorful, painted ones to brighten up the neighborhood.
Other cities that have done this have had less problems with people tearing them down.