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Local students help with Thunder Over Louisville clean-up to raise funds for athletic programs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After an event like Thunder Over Louisville, there is usually plenty to clean, and crews had some extra help getting everything taken care of on Sunday.

Dozens of track and field athletes from Jeffersonville and Ballard High Schools teamed up to pitch-in and help get Riverfront park back to normal following Saturday's fireworks show.

"We're going to help take care of the environment and other people are going to help us take care of our team ... we have to scratch each others backs," said track and field Coach Ericka Herd.

It's a fundraising effort for the school's athletic programs.

The students arrived just after sunrise, but fortunately didn't have much to do.

A smaller crowd this year made clean up a bit easier and quicker.

"It's just an effort of people coming together wanting to bring this park back to where it was is the awesome thing. The sense of community is what I like," Samuel Ellis said.

Derby Festival organizers say more than 250,000 people gathered along the river to watch the fireworks.

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