UVM Students Clean-Up Burlington

UVM Students Clean-Up Burlington

UVM students canvassed neighborhoods in Burlington Saturday to clean up the streets after Halloween. More than 100 students gathered to help clean up Burlington; many said this is just a small way they can give back to the community they live in.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - UVM students canvassed neighborhoods in Burlington Saturday to clean up the streets after Halloween.

More than 100 students gathered to help clean up Burlington; many said this is just a small way they can give back to the community they live in.

“Burlington gets a little messy after Halloween,” said Maha Akkeh, who organized the event.

Abby Pfister, a senior at UVM says she even found garbage on her front lawn.

“There’s garbage everywhere and it’s really unfortunate because a lot of it is beer cans that people just throw where ever they want,” said Pfister.

Pfister along with more than 100 other students set out Saturday morning to help beautify Burlington.

“It's an easy task and it will be fun, we'll be all together and having a good time just picking up downtown,” said Pfister.

“I think this is a really great opportunity for students to show that we do care about the Burlington community,” said Akkeh.

Each group was assigned to clean up a specific area in Burlington. Pfister and her friends spent the morning picking up litter along Pearl Street.

“It’s a couple hours of out your day and when you leave you'll feel so much better than you did before,” said Pfister.

There was even a group designated to clean up smashed pumpkins. Pfister says this event is a great way to foster the relationship between UVM and the city of Burlington.

“We really like to show that we are dedicated to supporting the residents of Burlington and also really trying to hold each other accountable for making sure that we are taking care of the city that we live in,” said Pfister.

The UVM Student Government Association hosts a weekly neighborhood cleanup but organizers say Saturday's event brought out more people than normal.

Students cleaned their designated areas for a few hours and then dropped off the bags of trash at three locations on campus.
 
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