FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Peru, Nebraska- More than 130 Peru State College students, faculty and staff helped remove 95 truckloads of trash from the city of Peru on Friday, April 29. Students also participated in the Brownville Arboretum Clean-Up that afternoon.
Elaine Hanson said, “The Peru City Clean-Up, in its fifth year, has become an annual collaborative event with the City and citizens of Peru, and Peru State College. It’s heart-warming to see large numbers of students accompanied by coaches, faculty and staff engage in cleaning up the streets and alleys of Peru.”
“The efforts are evidenced by the many truckloads of trash collected and the large number of students that participate each year. Community members provide great incentive with home baked goodies washed down with coffee and water provided by PSC Creative Dining!”
City of Peru residents were invited to put irregular items, such as mattresses, furniture, etc., on the curb. Both communities used college students to work on planters and planting areas. Litter was also picked up in both towns.
In Peru, cheer leading, cross country, football, golf, men and women’s basketball and volleyball all had students participating. Rotoract, Peru State Theatre Company and football had students participate in Brownville.
Hanson adds, “Another tradition is the Brownville Arboretum Clean-Up, this year held on the same day. PSC students, in addition to helping learn about trees and plants, are fed a wonderful meal prepared by Brownville Fine Arts Association members. Many wheel barrow loads of mulch were distributed in addition to trimming, weeding and pruning.”
Ruth Keene, former Chair of the Brownville Fine Arts Association, writes “They were fantastic! We got so much more done than we ever have before and they were so thoughtful if you asked them to help you out.”
John Lauber, Brownville Fine Arts and the Furnas Arboretum writes, “The Peru students did a fantastic job for the Furnas Arboretum Clean-up. We were able to complete nearly all of the tasks that we had identified and Gunnar and his teammates did excellent work, as did the girls from Rotaract and the theater students. All the students worked hard and seemed to enjoy themselves and lunch.”
Both cleanups are held annually.
For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.
About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region. Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.