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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Usually at this time of year people do a little spring cleaning. As the weather starts to warm up, it can be a good time to clean out your home or car.

On Thursday, area students did some spring cleaning of their own out in the community.

Onalaska firefighters got a break from their cleaning duty, thanks to 45 middle schoolers.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders washed windows and mopped floors, as part of their annual Community Service Day.

At home, 6th grader Justice Miller is supposed to do chores every Saturday. Some weeks though, he and his sister don't do them. Miller says cleaning the Fire Department is a chore he'd do any day.

Across town, students at Western Technical College are doing a more thankless job, picking up trash. Students in the Respiratory Therapy Program organized the clean up. 

They picked up all kinds of trash on 9th and Vine Streets Thursday. Student Katie Thune said, "There's a lot of cigarette butts. A lot more than I think we thought would be out here."

In just two blocks they filled an entire milk carton. Thune said, "It's kind of ridiculous. I mean it seems wasteful and people should kind of take care of them. I definitely didn't think there would be this many out here."

The students are part of the Tobacco Free Work Group to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking.

Students do a similar clean up each year around Earth Day. Earth Day is April 22nd. They are going to count all the cigarette butts and have a contest to see who can guess how much they weigh.
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