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Athens Beautification Day looks to strengthen and maintain community


Athenians are catching a healthy dose of Spring fever this Sunday in time for this year’s Athens Beautification Day.

Celebrating its eighth year, the day is devoted to bringing the Athens community together while maintaining the city’s beauty.

Volunteers can arrive as early as noon to check-in at Scripps Amphitheater Sunday and at 12:30 p.m. A pep rally will begin with speeches from President Roderick J. McDavis, First Lady Deborah McDavis, Mayor Paul Wiehl and Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi. Volunteer groups will then split off to their separate projects and meet back Scripps for lunch.

"Athens Beautification Day is another important example of the difference we can all make when we bring together the University and Athens communities," said McDavis. "This student-led event showcases the pride that our students have for their home and community in Athens. I want to thank Student Senate and the student volunteers who helped organize and maintain the legacy of Athens Beautification Day."

Projects for the day include cleanup, graffiti removal, landscaping and others. Some of the venues receiving a bit of polish are the Dairy Barn, The Ridges, Stroud’s Run, Passion Works and Athens Historical Society.

"Athens Beautification Day is a wonderful effort by Ohio University students to give back to the community,” said Lombardi. “It is the perfect time of year for a little spring cleaning, and it is always great to see such a wonderful turnout of students who take pride in Athens."

Anyone interested in participating can register themselves and groups of up to 15 people on Athens Beautification Day's EventBright page.