Sherman Boulevard got some sprucing up on Monday, which will turn into an annual event.

A number of volunteers were along the boulevard painting fences, removing weed and cleaning up trash from along the side of the road.

The community event is part of Watch Muskegon's revamped image campaign. Organizers say Sherman Boulevard such a high-traffic corridor that all of the Muskegon area will benefit if it's a little nicer.

The effort got a big hand from around 40 teens who arrived from all around the country to take part the Catholic Heart Work Camp.

Volunteers clean along Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon Heights.

"I want this street to look new," Jose Velez of Niles, Mich. said. "I want it to look like something to give the people hope -- you are not in this alone."

Aidan Matlock said the members of the work camp want to make people happy. "We leave them with a smile on their face,' the Kansas City, Missouri native said. "We hope to come back next year -- what we want to do is just make people happy, that is just what we do."

The Beautification of Sherman Boulevard continues Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers ask anyone willing to help to show up for at least an hour -- or more if they choose -- on one of those days should feel free to do so.

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