Workers clear dangerous sidewalks to ensure student safety - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Workers clear dangerous sidewalks to ensure student safety

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Students at MLK College Prep faced a number of hazards on their way to school Monday morning.

However, by the time classes ended for the day, an army of workers had volunteered to clean up a lot of the tall grass, weeds, and other hazards students had to walk through on their way to school.

"You know, the kids can't see the sidewalk," said Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd. "Next thing they want to do is walk in the street to avoid walking through high grass."

Boyd called the head of Lifeline to Success, a group that has cleaned blighted areas around Memphis for the last four years. Racing against the clock, Lifeline to Success workers cleared out the tall grass and other debris so that when classes dismissed, students could walk along the sidewalk.

"Our children don't need any other obstacles to their educations," said DeAndre Brown, who works with Lifeline to Success. "So anything we could do physically and spiritually to move those obstacles we want to be first to do those things."

Parents and students alike were delighted when they saw the improvement. Even managers at nearby apartment complexes thought the change would only benefit the neighborhood.

"Making it safe for the children as well as other grown ups and people who do walk down this street," said apartment manager Keith Lowe. "It makes it very safe."

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