On Friday, more than 500 Glen Rose High School students crammed into 10 buses bound for various locations across the community for their third annual Service Day.

Over the last three years, students have banded together for community improvement projects such as cleaning up the land near the landfill and the highway and raking leaves at Oakdale Park.

This year, a number of students worked to improve the playground areas at parks across town. To assist in the effort, county crews delivered loads of pea gravel that students dispersed on the ground surrounding the play areas.

Other students went to nursing homes within the city where they picked up trash around the facilities and interacted with the residents by painting nails, playing T-ball and singing.

Meanwhile, three groups dug into landscaping work at the Glen Rose Junior High, elementary and high school campuses, and members of the National Honor Society and Future Leader Organization cleaned up a lot within the city.

I think the students are really enjoying this project and looking forward to it each year, said high school Principal Tommy Corcoran.