Community Day Of Service Draws Over 300 Volunteers
Above: MCLA student Amario Joseph and Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School student Kaitlin LaValley pick up trash near Ashland Street. Below: Drury baseball players helped tidy up the Spruces Mobile Home Park.
Spencer Moser, coordinator of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Center for Service and Citizenship, described the day as "awe-inspiring and gratifying."
He said he was excited to see more high school students involved than in years past.
The service day, started as a college initiative, has grown to include the great community and a wide range of activities.
Moser said having fewer projects this year gave each project more attention, and also further helped with the community aspect. He said there was more opportunity for community members of all ages and backgrounds to share the moment. Moser described community service as an "equalizer."
"When you roll up your sleeves and dig, you're equal," Moser said.
Local businesses also chipped in to the cause. Village Pizza and Pizza Works gave away pizzas for the after-party.
|Left: First-grader Shaleese Fisher rakes leaves at the park on the corner of Ashland and Main streets. Right: MCLA students Natasha Robinson and Lynn McEnaney paint the park's building at Windsor Lake. Below: Community members continue to work on the MCLA Community Garden.
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