BROOKLYN - Students from the Boys & Girls High School in Bed-Stuy spent International Mandela Day honoring the late Nelson Mandela with community service.

The students planted a tree in memory of the former South African leader. They also painted the fence outside their school, cleaned up the park across the street and joined representatives from the South African Consulate to paint a mural of Mandela on the side of the school.

After spending 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid in South Africa, Mandela visited the Brooklyn school. School officials renamed their football field after him to make sure students never forget his legacy.

A school carrying his name will also be co-located there in the fall.