Community Service Day at Genesee Community College

A new student initiative called the "Respect Campaign" will be in action this Saturday, April 23, 2005 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the grounds around the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College at One College Road in Batavia. A multi-task effort to make the College campus and the surrounding area pristine clean is being spearheaded by the new student group.

Students, staff and faculty will share in the collective effort to clean up the campus and the surrounding area by walking College Road to pick up the litter and trash left over from the winter season. In addition, the RESPECT campaign participants will join the College's Earth Club, biology students, and members of the maintenance staff to begin the restoration of the College's Nature Trail, which runs through the adjacent woodland along the athletic fields.

In addition, the RESPECT Campaign participants and Earth Club members will also be planting approximately 50 Norwegian Spruce trees on campus that have been donated in the spirit of Arbor Day by retired Genesee professor Carl Lewis through his association with New York State Conservation Department.

"We have got a great line up of things to accomplish in just four hours and look forward to a healthy group of volunteers from all parts of the campus community," said Ellen Brokaw, assistant director of Resident Life at College Village, one of the two organizations that is helping to launch the multi-faceted events and programs undertaken by the RESPECT Campaign. "These types of events build comradery, awareness, and drive us to the very heart of the RESPECT Campaign. By working together toward a common goal, people not only come to know and respect each other, but shared concerns about the environment, our local community, or world events tend to build bonds and even life-long friendships."

Genesee's Student Activities, College Village, and the Earth Club are all hoping the event promotes a more respectful Campus and awareness of the environment that is shared by all students, staff, and faculty by drawing together many different cultures, races, religions, as well as the different genders and various levels of authority toward a common goal.

Anyone interested in becoming involved are encouraged to call Ellen Brokaw at 343-0163 or Joanna Barefoot at 343-0055 x 6513. Volunteers and contributions from the general community are warmly welcomed.

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