LEWISTON – Eighty Lewiston High School science students will get a closer look at the natural environment on Monday and Tuesday, May 19 and 20, when they participate in a planting project around Lisbon Street and the Alfred Plourde Parkway.

“The students from Mike McGraw’s science classes will be planting roadside trees, designing a flower bed of shrubs and flowering trees, pruning and removing trees, and picking up litter in the vicinity of Exit 13 of the Maine Turnpike, Lisbon Street and Alfred Plourde Parkway,” said Carrie Krzyzanski, an AmeriCorps volunteer working with the Maine Department of Transportation’s Environment Office. “They’re going to be working in that area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday.

“This planting effort is being conducted in coordination with Arbor Week, which is celebrated the third week of May in Maine,” Krzyzanski said. “This particular project is a cooperative effort of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Lewiston Public Works Department, the Maine Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps.”

Krzyzanski said signs will be set up near the work area to make motorists more aware that students are working on the roadsides. “But we urge motorists to slow down and proceed through that area with caution on Monday and Tuesday,” she said. “It’s for their own safety as well as the safety of our workers.”

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