Minds from all over the community and a wide age range of students gathered at Viterbo looking to serve their community Tuesday morning.
"It's kind of exciting," said Viterbo senior Kayla Mcinerney. "We can bring and collaborate everyone's ideas together and do it for the common good."
15 different groups of students from Viterbo, Longfellow La Crosse Design Institute and 7 Rivers High School will design and implement a project looking to serve the community as part of Viterbo's semester-long Building Ecosystems for the Common Good project.
"I think it's really cool that we can do a collaboration between middle school, high school and college," said LDI student Wyatt Weeg.
One group's project partners with Downtown Mainstreet Inc and is looking to help clean up litter.
"We have a staff person who cleans up downtown for about three hours everyday but even more is needed," said DMI's Executive Director Robin Moses.
In the short term, a volunteer clean up day will take place downtown on Earth Day, April 22. In the long term, students are looking to help maintain cleaner streets and sidewalks through preventative measures.
"We're looking at that opportunity to create cigarette receptacles," Moses said. "It's important to show maintaining cleanliness throughout the calendar, not just to come down and clean up on one day."
Cigarette butts downtown are plentiful, however receptacles are not. The group hopes to work with the City of La Crosse and the Tavern League to help add more.
"Sometimes we see the streets were just not as clean as we would want them to be," said Viterbo Student Nick Schmidt. "[It's] not as clean as we want our beautiful downtown La Crosse to be looking like."
Though it may not solve the issue, for these students it's a start.
Their event is officially the second downtown clean up for DMI but will be the first partnering with servant leadership students. The clean up day downtown will be open to any volunteers.