MISHICOT - Mishicot is a community that has been working hard to clean up.
A giant oak tree toppled over in the VFW Vet's Park in Mishicot. The Village Public Works Department has been working overtime to clean it up.
It's the first week of practice and the Mishicot football team is hard at work. But Wednesday, head coach Kevin Fix told 45 players practice would have to wait.
“Coach pulled us in and said we're going to go help out the community with the storm that passed through. Pick up all the branches that fell,” said Colten Haack, Mishicot football player.
“All of us coming in, we saw the debris on the road, we knew there was something that needed to be done about this, and we're happy to help,” said Nick Ruzek, Mishicot football player.
The School District of Mishicot provided FOX 11 pictures showing the team at work.
“We're trying to build a program and teaching the kids priorities, and setting good priorities and making sure that you're taking care of others before yourself,” said Fix.
Across town, 12-year-old Kelcie Shimulunas and her friends pitched in to help clean up Village Park.
“We just picked up a lot of sticks; I picked up a branch that was bigger than I was. I thought it was a tree itself. We had a ginormous pile,” said Shimulunas.
It's volunteer work that has not been lost on those paid to clean up the mess.
“They were out in force all over the village. Just piling up brush, big limbs, just putting it on piles and helping us out,” said Larry Hlinak, Village of Mishicot Public Works.
And those who received the help say thanks.
“That was super, I mean younger people and the team spirit and the idea of volunteering. It's helping. It's a good value to install in these children,” said Bonnie Jonas, Mishicot.
Players say paying it forward beats practice, every time.
“I think it inspires us as students, and it teaches us what community service really means and why it's so important. Was it tougher than football practice, no,” said Ruzek.
Crews in Mishicot are still clearing damage from parks and cemeteries.
According to WPS, power has been restored to most of the Mishicot area.
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