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IU medical students turn gardener-for-a-day during the annual Spring House Calls


INDIANAPOLIS — IU School of Medicine students, family and friends will spread out across several Indianapolis neighborhoods on Saturday for the 21st annual Spring House Calls, the oldest service-learning project at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

More than 60 students and their colleagues will lend a hand with yard work, landscaping and other chores at designated homes and at the Neighborhood Fellowship Church,  3102 E. 10th Street, home of the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a free clinic opened by the students nearly 9 years ago.

The student-led event focuses on the homes of elderly, disabled and other local homeowners in need of some springtime assistance.

The students will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. at the Christamore House Family and Community Center, 502 N. Tremont St., Indianapolis. From there, the students will go to their appointed homes to remove weeds, plant flowers, mulch and perform other landscaping tasks. At 12:30 p.m., the volunteers and homeowners will gather at the Christamore House to connect, celebrate and enjoy lunch provided by Judge’s BBQ.

This annual event is coordinated, managed and conducted by medical students with support from the IU School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Student Affairs.