KCP Sun­day Clean Ups help make Kutztown cleaner

KUBoK walks to im­prove safety in Kutztown

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ara­bel El­liott KCP

Kutztown Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Sun­day Clean Ups oc­cur year round, weather per­mit­ting, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun­days.

They start at the KCP of­fices on West Main Street. Clean Ups have been run­ning for five years now, with vol­un­teers from the lo­cal school district, com­mu­nity mem­bers, and a large num­ber of stu­dents coming from Kutztown Univer­sity. Last year we had more than 500 peo­ple come through over the course of the school year.

The Clean Ups are a great way for stu­dents from the Univer­sity, com­mu­nity mem­bers, younger stu­dents from the Kutztown School District and oth­ers to get in­volved in a con­crete and mean­ing­ful way to make Kutztown a Cleaner and Bet­ter Place to live, work and play.

The pro­gram was orig­i­nally or­ga­nized and run by a Kutztown Univer­sity School of So­cial Work Grad­u­ate. He came up with con­cept dur­ing his place­ment as an in­tern at Kutztown Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship, and he worked with com­mu­nity mem­bers, as well as get­ting in­put and re­sources from groups at the Univer­sity, to make the pro­gram a re­al­ity.

Lo­cal busi­nesses of­ten do­nate ma­te­ri­als to make the clean ups run such as trash bags and we have com­mu­nity busi­nesses that have do­nated to help spon­sor tee shirts pro­mot­ing the event.

On Sun­day, March 25, the day af­ter Kutz Patty’s Day, stu­dents from Kappa Sigma Fra­ter­nity, Kutztown Area Mid­dle and Ele­men­tary Schools, Zeta Phi Beta Soror­ity, Tau Delta Phi Fra­ter­nity, and Sigma Al­pha Ep­silon Fra­ter­nity, as well as a num­ber of com­mu­nity mem­bers, came out to vol­un­teer and clean up trash in Kutztown.

The Sun­day Clean Ups are the best ex­am­ple of what Kutztown Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship is all about. All the dif­fer­ent groups in our com­mu­nity come to­gether with a common goal to make Kutztown a bet­ter place to be, and each works side by side in a very real way to ac­com­plish this goal.

Also, KUBoK, the neigh­bor­hood watch, is the com­mu­nity group that works out of KCP, are staffed by com­mu­nity mem­bers at large and Univer­sity stu­dents. They are trained and they go out ev­ery Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day dur­ing the school year in the evenings to mon­i­tor ar­eas down­town and keep things safe.

KuBok had stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers were out walk­ing dur­ing the event on Satur­day, March 24. Kutztown Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Hawkin­son, Dean of Stu­dents Dono­van McCargo, Kutztown Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Sandy Green, and Mayor Jim Sch­legel and oth­ers joined them to walk and work to keep the down­town and sur­round­ing com­mu­nity safe.

All of those stu­dents were Kutztown Univer­sity stu­dents, many of them walk KuBok on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and have done so for years. Af­ter be­ing in­volved with KCP for more than five years, it is my dis­tinct im­pres­sion that the ma­jor­ity of Kutztown stu­dents are, as the shop own­ers I talked to on Satur­day said, “re­spect­ful”, and that those in­volved in events like Kutz Patty’s Day are reck­less and be­hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately are in the mi­nor­ity.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - KCP

Kutztown Univer­sity stu­dents vol­un­teer­ing to pick up trash at the KPC Sun­day Clean Up on March 25.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - KCP

Kutztown Area Mid­dle and Ele­men­tary School stu­dents vol­un­teer­ing to pick up trash at the KPC Sun­day Clean Up on March 25.

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