UWL honor societies clean up neighborhoods where students live off campus

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UWL students, from left, Lilly Garrett of Tri Sigma, Mckayla Hammers of Alpha Xi Delta and Taylor Cichy of Alpha Xi Delta participate in the neighborhood clean-up. (UWL photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A group of honor students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, proud of the cleanliness of their campus, fanned out to spruce up areas where students in surrounding neighborhoods.
“The UWL campus is immaculately kept up by university staff, but the neighborhoods surrounding campus that house many off-campus students are often littered with trash,” said Camryn Frye, who planned the event.
The 30 students who participated wanted to make the “nearby community neighborhoods as pristine as our campus,” said Frye, president of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Order of Omega, an honor society for fraternity and sorority organizations.
The students spread out one day last week to collect garbage, with assistance from the city of La Crosse Recycling Office, which provided safety vests, gloves and garbage bags.
The participants wore face masks during the event, which ran for several hours throughout the day to limit group size to four at a time. Overall, the 30 students spent almost 40 hours beating the bushes and alleyways to rid them of litter and garbage.