Peru, NE- On April 28th, college student athletes and community members worked together for the 12th annual Peru Clean Up day. The event was initially established by former Peru State College President and First Lady Dan and Elaine Hanson.

Peru State College and the City of Peru partnered together for this year's citywide cleanup.  Members of these groups and local churches supplied cookies, coffee, and other baked goods to fuel the morning's volunteers. Western National Bank supplied bottled water.

Angela Allgood led the efforts with the assistance from college staff member Peggy Groff, and Athletic Director, Kyle Pond. The event was successful with the assistance of approximately 158 student athletes and several coaches.

Allgood noted that two hours were spent by each volunteer for the cleanup project on the Friday morning in April.  “It is always so great to see so many students and staff available to help on clean-up day.  It makes me smile that the town of Peru and Peru State College work so closely together.”

While numerous volunteers picked up and hauled off trash residents left at the curbside, others assisted hauling electronics, TVs, and appliances to the designated drop sites. In addition, several individuals helped plant flowers in flowerpots on 5th Street downtown.

Kyle Pond said, “Community service is a big part of our athletic department. All our teams spend a significant amount of time doing community outreach and one of our favorite days for that is Peru Clean-Up Day. Our student-athletes have a lot of passion for taking care of our home and it’s great to see their energy and excitement for helping the people of Peru. We couldn’t do this without the help from City Hall, Peggy Groff and other community members who donated supplies and did a tremendous amount of organization. This is a tradition we are deeply passionate about and we look forward to it continuing and growing for years to come!”