Students from around the world converged on Leesburg this year to provide needed support for local neighborhoods. They spent weeks volunteering their own spare time away from school to paint homes, cut grass and collect unwanted trash.
All the hard work was a big help in areas of Leesburg – a community that most of the students had not visited nor seen on a map prior to the cleanup projects. However, they all left knowing that their gracious gift restored plenty of pride among residents.
The City of Leesburg and the West Leesburg CDC, which assisted the National Relief Network in coordinating the student volunteer projects, invites the community to continue that valuable support. The Keep Leesburg Beautiful neighborhood cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19.
Residents, businesses, churches and community organizations can help to collect litter and other debris along roads and around properties. Waste collection bags and other materials will be provided. The City of Leesburg will provide solid waste collection and other services.
Cleanup areas include the Carver Heights and Montclair neighborhoods. Volunteers will meet at Berry Park at 2121 Johns Ave. in Leesburg. For more information, contact the West Leesburg CDC at (352) 787-2896 or at (352) 365-0947.
“The students did lots of great work,” said resident Agnes Berry, who is helping to organize the event. “This cleanup will help to culminate everything they did.”
Different student and volunteer groups that worked in Leesburg recently include the University of Delaware, Michigan State University and Arcadia University from Pennsylvania. Another group of 32 students – from Beijing No. 2 High School – traveled from China during the first week of February to lend support.