MOSES LAKE - A landscaping project at Big Bend Community College was completed in two days thanks to hundreds of volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Moses Lake.

The volunteers helped transform the appearance of the college campus before students arrived for fall classes. Members of the church donated labor and equipment to remove diseased trees, unwanted shrubs and debris. They also helped install new trees, shrubs, a drip system and rock in accordance to the landscaping plan provided by the college.

"Our maintenance crew would have taken weeks to complete this work," Big Bend Community College President Terry Leas stated.

When church members offered to provide a community service project for the college, Big Bend Community College officials accepted.

"It took exceptional planning by the college's grounds crew and the volunteers to get this much work done in such a short amount of time," Leas stated. "The operators of the equipment were highly skilled and the volunteers were well organized."

The project included five different landscaping jobs near the Math and Science Building and the Student Center and Administration Building.

The landscaping plans were designed by Nancy Richardson of Emerald Desert Nursery in Quincy.

The college spent about $15,000 to buy plants, irrigation parts, dirt and basalt rock for the project.

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