Ohio University students remove graffiti from a building in uptown Athens during the 2013 Athens Beautification Day. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, April 13.
Photographer: Chris Franz
Mar 20, 2014
By Angela Brock
Ohio University’s Student Senate will host Athens Beautification Day, one of the city’s largest community service days, on Sunday, April 13. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, which is being expanded to include other Athens County communities.
A collaborative effort involving OHIO students and community members, Athens Beautification Day participants are expected to complete more than 50 projects within the city of Athens, including street cleanup, painting, landscaping, graffiti removal and the planting and re-planting of gardens.
According to Rose Troyer, the off-campus life commissioner for Student Senate and director of this year’s Athens Beautification Day, the event is being expanded to include The Plains, Nelsonville and Coolville, Ohio.
In addition, Troyer said, “We are trying to make this as much of a zero waste event as we can by getting shirts that are made of 50 percent recycled material.”
Those who register to participate in the event by Friday, March 28, will receive a free t-shirt. Student Senate is anticipating 2,000 to 2,500 OHIO students and community members to pre-register for the event. Registration will also be available at noon on the day of the event at the amphitheater outside of Scripps Hall on the College Green.
“Civic responsibility and community service are vital to our community. They are important elements of our campus culture,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “For every academic program offered at Ohio University, there is a path for service, and I strongly encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities. Through Athens Beautification Day, Ohio University students can continue efforts to make Athens a beautiful place to study, work and live.”
Athens Beautification Day will kick off at 12:30 p.m. with a pep rally at the amphitheater outside Scripps Hall. The pep rally will include speeches by Ryan Lombardi, OHIO’s vice president for student affairs; Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones; and Gary Chancey, public affairs staff officer for the Wayne National Forest.
Following the speeches, groups of volunteers will be dispatched to various projects from 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers will end their day with food and music at 4 p.m. at the amphitheater.
“Athens Beautification Day is a terrific example of Ohio University students giving back to their home away from home,” said Lombardi. “Many students enjoy their lives in the city of Athens immensely, and this is but one example of the positive impact they have on the vibrant Athens community. I applaud Student Senate and the students who participate for their efforts."
Registration for the event is free and open to groups or individuals. To register for the event, visit athensbeautificationday2014.eventbrite.com.