4/08/2013 Jason Klinger

For 10th Year, F&M Athletes Spend Sunday Beautifying Lancaster

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.

  • team work news 01 Franklin & Marshall College students Shea Costantino '14 (left) and Leslie Bacile '15 help a College Avenue neighbor with yard work during a volunteer event in Lancaster called TeamWork. Each year for the last 10 years, hundreds of F&M student-athletes and members of Greek organizations have spent a Sunday in early spring cleaning up and beautifying the city F&M calls home. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • team work news 02 Carli Studnicky '16 (left) and Kara Bacile '15 pull weeds at a College Avenue residence. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • team work news 03 Erik Morque '15 and his fellow volunteers spread mulch at Reynolds Middle School in Lancaster. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • team work news 04 Elizabeth Gatling '14 (right) and Jazmin Matos '16 mulch the grounds of Reynolds Middle School. Lending a hand in the background are Molly Gilmore '16 (left) and Cris Margaret Frias '16. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • team work news 05 Members of F&M's men's and women's squash teams prep the ground for planting at Reynolds Middle School. (Photo by Melissa Hess)  
  • team work news 06 Members of the F&M baseball team arrive at St. John's Episcopal Church, where they cleaned up the property and did yard work. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
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