Equipped with rakes, shovels, paint brushes and garbage bags, almost 700 Franklin & Marshall College students rolled through Lancaster April 7 and left a cleaner, spiffier city in their wake.
The students, all of them members of athletic teams and Greek organizations, were taking part in TeamWork, a 10-year tradition at F&M. The volunteers, easily identified by their Kelly green TeamWork shirts, fanned out to 25 residences, schools and neighborhoods in Northwest Lancaster. They picked up trash, spread mulch, pulled weeds, planted flowers and painted fences.
Director of Athletics & Recreation Patricia Epps, President Daniel R. Porterfield and state Rep. Mike Sturla of Lancaster addressed the enthusiastic group at Mayser Center.
"It means a huge amount for the City of Lancaster, [to see us] in our green T-shirts spread out across the community, cleaning up neighborhoods, helping families, and helping shelters and schools," Porterfield told the students gathered in Mayser. "I promise you there are people who will see you today and think great things about F&M. And little kids will see you and think great things about college athletics."
Below is a slideshow of the day's activities.