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62 MNE students help with Earth Day cleanup

Friday, April 24, 2015

Christina Rice, left, Emily Foy and Portia McBride, members of the Saints softball team, gear up for MNE Earth Day cleanup.

Despite the chilly weather, more than 60 students and faculty turned out for Mercyhurst North East’s Earth Day Cleanup on April 22.

Sponsored by Mercyhurst North East’s Criminal Justice Club, with assistance from Saints in Service, the cleanup covered the 84-acre campus and surrounding areas, including a segment of Route 89.  A total of 62 students participated.

“To see how many students came out for the cleanup, even though it was cold and windy, really speaks to the interest they have in supporting the campus and North East community,” said Rachel Pacholke, assistant director of student life.

The North East Student Government Association provided T-shirts for the volunteers, and criminal justice program chair Steve Szwejbka provided pizza and soda for all.

This year marked the 16th year that the Criminal Justice Club, under the guidance of Szwejbka, has celebrated Earth Day with a campus cleanup. The club also organizes fall cleanups every year and through PennDOT’s Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful program, the club cleans and maintains a 1.5-mile stretch of Route 89 that runs alongside the campus down to Route 5.