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Coe College students pick up trash, help crime rate

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    Coe College student Ben Perez says he enjoys giving back to his neighborhood, even if it is picking up trash.
    "It has gone a little downhill. We're trying to bring it back up. Just nice community service and give back to the community that we live in," said Perez.
    Perez was one of about 100 students who teamed up with Mound View residents to clean up the neighborhood, which is next to Coe College. 
The project was called the Spring 500 Service project and the goal was to volunteer 500 hours of community service in one day.
    The Cedar Rapids Police Department says the event put on by the college is important and it's not just to clean up the neighborhood. 
    "Cleaning up neighborhoods has been proven to decrease crime. It kind of goes hand in hand. The neighborhood gets better, property values go up, crimes going to go down."
    Carol Sindelar has lived in the neighborhood for about 25 years and says she's really seen a difference.
    "The crime rate has been going down in Mound View over the last 5 years and this is one of the key things we've been doing is picking it up and making it look better so we're excited," said Sindelar, Mound View Neighborhood President.     This is the second year for the event. Last year, volunteers collected 60 bags of garbage.  

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