With the help of around 150 people from at least seven different student organizations, the Student Government Association helped remove litter with their Campus Cleanup event on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Students from multiple Greek organizations like Kappa Alpha Order, the recently re-chartered Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity, participated as well as staff and faculty senate. Members of The All State and additional students also participated.
In total, these organizations cleaned up around nine parking lots including the Foy Fitness and Recreation lot, Eighth Street lot, Burt lot and Music Mass Communications lot.
Participants checked in at tents located in the MUC plaza or the Quad in front of Eriksson Residence Hall and received a reflective safety vest, a garbage bag, a pair of disposable gloves and instructions on where to clean.
Participants were advised against picking up needles or broken glass for their safety.
SGA President Will Roberts said he was pleasantly surprised by attendance to the event and they plan on hosting Campus Cleanup again in the spring after The Big Event.
The Big Event was a public-service event started by 2014-15 SGA President Zac Gillman that attracted over 500 volunteers to more than 20 sites around Clarksville.
Gillman started The Big Event to inspire students to get involved with community service.
“I believe The Big Event is a great event, but we must understand community service must not be done in one day out of the year,” Gillman said. “I hope this event will encourage more students to get involved with the Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.” TAS