Students Clean Up the City During Tech Community Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/5/03

Students Clean Up the City During Tech Community Day

It's an annual campaign to help keep Lubbock beautiful. On Saturday, more than 400 Tech students cleaned up the city as part of Tech Lubbock Community Day.

"(Saturday) is all about Tech students giving back to the community that they live in, the community that gives so much to them," says Britta Tye, TTU Campus Life.

Armed with trash bags, students hit the streets to pick up every piece of litter they could find in Lubbock neighborhoods.

"Whenever you clean up the looks of the neighborhood, it helps the morale of the neighborhood, helps the community as a whole," says TTU Student Government External Vice President, Colton Batchell.

"There's a lot of things I could be doing right now, but I put this right at the top of my list," says Colton.

During their trek for trash, they made a few new friends, but found a lot more trash than they bargained for.

"We got an old chair like a school chair and a lot of metal and stuff," says TTU student Trey Lewelling.

"We got washing machines, water heaters, radiators, we got scrap metal," says Brent Shockley.

Volunteers are traveling to over 15 sites across the city. At the Lubbock State School, Texas Tech students are helping out by mulching trees.

"We really want the community to know the Texas Tech students are very interrested in their community while they're here at the university. They want to do community service," says Karin Murfee with Keep Lubbock Beautiful.

"We're mulching trees and fertilizing and trying to make it look nice out here," says TTU student, Allison Lotz.

"It's just one of the many activities the city of Lubbock tries to do with Texas Tech to get the kids more involved and feel more welcome in the town," says Jaime Coy with the City of Lubbock.

"I like it a lot. You feel good after you get done," says Trey.

"The Texas Tech Lubbock Community Day is just one of those perfect examples of what Texas Tech University does for the city of Lubbock," says Murfee.

Sites involved in Saturday's clean up included: the Lubbock State School, Children's Home, YWCA, and several other Lubbock neighborhoods. It's all part of the Keep Lubbock Beautiful project.

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