Jefferson FBLA students clean around a bench near the Veterans War Memorial at Fifth and Main streets on Friday. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Jefferson FBLA students clean around a bench near the Veterans War Memorial at Fifth and Main streets on Friday. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Dozens of members of Future Business Leaders of America from Jefferson and St. John’s scoured downtown Delphos Friday, ridding sidewalks of weeds and debris, cleaning windows and painting sign posts.

The effort was the second for the group who received a First Federal Bank Pay-it Forward grant in 2016.

FBLA leader Missy McClurg and Downtown Delphos Development Association members Dan and Sue Jones spearheaded the projects.

“I just want the kids to feel some ownership in their town and know that they can help make changes,” McClurg said.

Adults focused on power-washing the alleyway in between The Grind and Heather Marie Photography so it’s ready for next Saturday’s push to put in flower pots and other seasonal decorations.

Armed with shovels, brooms and garbage bags, many students walked each side of the Main Street gathering up dirt, leaves, trash and weeds as they went. Others had storefront windows sparkling with soapy water and squeegees. Still others painted sign posts.

Funding for the day came from the Mentors3 grant which many teams had earmarked for Friday’s event. More than $2,400 was spent on power washers, roll offs, paint, paint brushes, contractor trash bags and paint tape.

The day started with breakfast pizza at the Career Connections Student Center provided by the Delphos Eagles. Lunch was served at the Jones Building at Second and Main streets and was provided by Pizza Hut, Topp Chalet and Niedecken’s Carry Out. Chief Supermarket provided the water the for day.