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Annual event bridges gap between campus and community

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 03:10

 

Students took to the neighborhoods surrounding campus Saturday to participate in the annual Bears P.A.Y. It Forward event. They lent a hand cleaning parks, alleys and yards.
 
Students volunteered to pick up trash and clean up all over campus and the city from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. New Hope Christian Fellowship Church provided lunch for the workers and held prize drawings as a reward for keeping Greeley a beautiful, comfortable place to live. 
 
 “I want to get more involved in the community of Greeley, not just UNC,” said sophomore Joshua Moran, a theatre education major. “We’re picking up any big weeds, trash and big eyesores that we see in the time we’ve got.”
 
The event provided a fun way for students to connect with the community surrounding them. It provided a chance for students to break down the walls of separation between the UNC and Greeley. 
 
“We get a lunch break, but we’re working from start to finish,” said freshman Hannah Carmichael, a theatre education major. 
 
Volunteers were eager to accomplish as much as they could in the four hours of the event. Armed with gloves and trash bags, groups dispersed and tackled areas surrounding campus, such as neighborhoods, the sides of highways and alleyways.
 
“I am doing this as a part of National Residential Hall Honorary, an organization on campus,” said Anna Korbel, a senior special education and psychology major. “I think it’s a great way to give back to the community. These areas surround the University so it’s important that they look nice and we kind of maintain it as a part of being citizens of Greeley.” 

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