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In your travels this summer, be sure to get a look at the beautiful array of vinca, sweet potato vines and petunias which will give Elmwood Avenue a brighter face.

For the fourth year, 90 baskets of flowers grown by McKinley High School horticulture students will illuminate the Elmwood strip from Forest Avenue to North Street.

Under the direction of horticulture instructors Bradley White, Kenneth Nuwer and Thomas Mitchell, students over the past few months participated in mixing soil, planting bulbs and creating beautiful arrangements. After the 40-pound baskets are hung, they will be watered and cared for by Elbers Landscaping.

The project was proposed by the Forever Elmwood group, which received a grant through County Legislator Judith Fisher to fund the project.

Aside from floral arranging projects, the horticulture department sells poinsettias at Christmas, lilies at Easter and vegetables during school hours.

The project "helps students get a better understanding of agricultural economy," said teacher Thomas Mitchell.

Linel Brown is a sophomore at McKinley High School.

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