Teens Find Summer Work Sprucing Up Biloxi

High school and college students are sprucing up a busy Biloxi thoroughfare.

A summer work program has nearly a dozen young people landscaping Popps Ferry Road. They'll line the street, from Cedar Lake to the Library, with 170 Crepe Myrtles, Gingkoes, River Birch and other trees.

Gulf Regional Planning is in charge of the program. Officials say the students are paid using an Urban Youth Corps grant from MDOT.

However, the students say a paycheck isn't the only reward from doing this type of work.

"I feel pretty good about that because it's open around here and all you see is cars everytime you go by so I figure it would be nice to add some nice landscape to it," Chad Varnado said.

The teens will also do some work around the welcome sign on Popps Ferry and Cedar Lake.