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UMW Students to Clean College Heights Streets
Some students at the University of Mary Washington will be clad in hot pink, not the school’s colors gray and blue, this homecoming weekend.
In an initiative of UMW’s student government association, student volunteers will go into the College Heights Neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 21 to pick up trash and clean the College Heights streets.
You can spot a student volunteer by their hot pink t-shirts which read “UMW Homecoming 2012 Neighborhood Clean Up” on the front and “UMW Students Make Good Neighbors” on the back.
“The SGA is aware that College Heights and the surrounding areas are on high alert for noise and parties and are committed to pushing forward doing the good deeds we already do,” said SGA president Jeremy Thompson.
Thompson said student groups have made an effort this semester to reach out the the larger Fredericksburg community. The SGA met with Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw earlier this year to talk about relations between UMW and the community.
Meredith Beckett, president of the College Heights Civic Association, said the project is “a step in the right direction.”
“I think it’s absolutely fantastic,” she said. “I am thrilled that they are taking the initiative.”
Beckett said her board has worked closely with UMW recently and the first collaborative newsletter from the two groups will go out next week.
Kagan McSpadden, a senior and SGA director of community outreach, helped organize the event and said they plan hold another clean-up in the spring and hope to make it a homecoming tradition.
Another organizer of the clean-up, senior and commuter student association president Ally Blanck, said the event is a way for students and their neighbors in College Heights to feel comfortable interacting.
“We hope it helps the community see that students want to give back and are interested in being a part of the Fredericksburg community.”