YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University students got up early Saturday morning to get their hands dirty around YSU’s campus.
Around 70 students and volunteers focused on picking up litter on Madison Avenue Expressway, from Wirt Street to Wick Avenue, which they then piled into dump trucks.
Student leaders said this won’t be the last time students come out to clean, because they believe it’s important for them to reinvest in their community.
“It’s very encouraging to see students take ownership of the area that they reside in for nine months out of the year and care for year round. They come out in the summer to these various cleanups or projects, events, murals, whatever we’re doing up here, and they’re fully supportive, which is awesome to see,” said Nick Chretien, YSUscape’s president.
According to their Facebook page, “YSUscape is a student organization dedicated to convene university and city-wide resources in an effort to revitalize and beautify Youngstown.”
After the cleanup, students went down to Cassese’s MVR for a free lunch.
Volunteers were organized by YSUscape and came from YSU’s Honors College and Athletics Department. The event was sponsored by Vallourec and City Machine Technology.