DANVILLE, KY-Centre College's annual Freshman Service Project returned to Perryville for the fourth year on Saturday, Sept. 9. Approximately 200 new students, along with resident assistants, orientation advisors, and other volunteers, spent the morning (9 a.m. to noon) working at three sites.
The students cleaned up an old illegal dump in the Chaplin River, took down a shed across from the old mill on Highway 68, and helped sort tires at the Perryville convenience center so that the rubber can be recycled.
The project was a joint effort between the Perryville Enhancement Project, which recommended the three sites, and Centre, with help from Donna Fechter, the Boyle County solid waste coordinator. The Enhancement Project plans eventually to develop a walking trail from the town to the Perryville Battlefield.
Centre has sponsored a Freshman Service Project as part of its new student orientation for eight years. For the first four years the freshmen cleaned up Clark's Run in Danville; their efforts resulted in a national environmental award sponsored by Sea World.
Volunteering is a way of life at Centre, where nearly 70 percent of students are involved in at least one service project a year.
"This is a way for our new students to give something to their new community," says Ann Young, director of volunteer services, of the annual freshman tradition. "And it's always more fun to work together as a group."
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