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Members of OHIO, Athens communities brave the rain for Beautification Day
Apr 22, 2015
By McKenzie Powell
Hundreds of Ohio University and Athens community members didn’t let a little bit of rain stop them from volunteering to spruce up their collective home during the 11th annual Athens Beautification Day.
Held April 19, this year’s Athens Beautification Day was sponsored by OHIO’s Community Service Leadership Council, an on-campus student service organization that organizes weekly service projects for interested students and volunteers.
Athens Beautification Day commenced with a pep rally on the College Green, during which Athens and University leaders, including Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones, thanked the volunteers for taking time to give back to the community.
“I want to thank you on behalf of the city for your efforts on Beautification Day. I hope you stay dry,” Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl said, noting the clouds in the sky that eventually gave way to rain. “I really appreciate this. This is what makes our city beautiful and you’re a part of it, and I’m glad you’re involved in it.”
Participants arrived on site prepared to show their commitment to this annual community service event – come rain or shine.
Following the pep rally, the volunteers were dispersed to their various projects, engaging in activities that ranged from picking up trash to planting flowers to removing graffiti. While most of the projects were located in and around the city of Athens, some volunteers were dispatched to areas as far away as the public libraries in nearby Chauncey and Albany.
Deemed a ‘zero waste’ initiative, special garbage bins were placed throughout the College Green to ensure that any and all trash was collected.
Ohio University groups contributing to this year’s Athens Beautification Day included many student organizations, Greek Life affiliates and sports teams – all of whom worked side-by-side with Athens-area residents.
Members of OHIO’s Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity have adopted the day of service as an annual event for the co-ed fraternity.
Johanna Ward, an OHIO senior and Kappa Kappa Psi member who has participated in Athens Beautification Day for two years, said her love for the campus is what drives her to keep it and the surrounding community clean.
“I just love this campus so much that I want to keep it clean,” Ward said. “This event is a great way to give back to the community while also bonding as a group of people. We get to do a service not just for the band, but also for the University.”
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