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Pitt students Make a Difference in sprucing up South Side streets


October 24, 2017

University of Pittsburgh students cleaned and bagged litter, weeded Bandi Schaum garden and along riverfront trails and helped to clean up after the children's pumpkin dive at Oliver Bath House on Saturday.

As part of the annual Pitt Make a Difference Day community service day throughout Pittsburgh and beyond on October 21, about 160 hardworking Pitt students teamed up with the South Side Community Council and at least 17 residents to spruce up South Side residential streets from S. 10th to S. 20th Streets.

They cleaned up and bagged litter on sidewalks and streets from S. 10th Street to and beyond City Theatre, weeded and picked up litter at Bandi Schaum community garden and along riverfront trails, and cleaned up St. Adalbert Church and St. Peter Church locations. They also cleaned up after the Oliver Bath House children's pumpkin dive and costume contest.

It is estimated the students alone donated at least 300 hours of community service to South Side, while the residents supervised the student volunteers and donated and served them lunch. It was a great collaboration with many active neighborhood residents, including Evan Stoddard, retired Duquesne University professor, Robert Cavalier, retired Carnegie Mellon University professor, Barbara Rudiak, retired Phillips Elementary School principal, and borrowed gardening tools from Duquesne University and the South Side Chamber of Commerce to equip the volunteers.

Of the teamwork, Mr. Cavalier said, "A lot was accomplished, and it was a great example of our community's civic health."


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