By Cassandra Kosielowski
While the majority of Kutztown students slept in Sunday morning Oct. 27 to recover from a weekend full of homecoming festivities, close to 243 students involved in student athletics, as well as SAAC members, came together to give back to the Kutztown community to clean up Main Street.
Starting at the top on Main Street in front of the Stratton building, the volunteers began their two-hour cleanup. They made their way down Main Street, making sure to go down the side alleys and connecting streets, until they reached Turkey Hill. They also made their way down Constitutional Boulevard and picked up trash in and around the CVS parking lot.
“Nearly half of the entire athletic department came out in a bright sunny day after homecoming weekend,” said Bryan Salvadore, the Sports Information director, who helped coordinate the event. “The attendance was far greater than was expected,” he said.
This was the second year the clean-up took place, although this was the first year it was done after homecoming weekend.
Don Justus, an assistant coach who was the event coordinator said, “I am so happy with the way the student athletes and SAAC members embraced it. I heard echoing about how happy they were they did this and how much they look forward to doing other community service projects.”
There were several pick up bags of trash collected, according to Justus.
“The SAAC group really stepped it up. They have been so much more invested in these programs. Their support and dedication made it so successful,” Justus said.
Justus expressed his interests in getting even more involved within the local community. “We are now pushing for other community service projects such as reading and math assistance to students in the local school districts,” he said.