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AASU, SSU eager to clean up Savannah


(Article in SavannahNOW.com, submitted by Lesley Conn on Mon, 2012-03-05)

If you didn't make it downtown Saturday, you missed seeing hundreds of AASU and SSU students fanning out from Johnson Square, down Bull Street and along Broughton to clean up.

They encountered piles of grungy stuff. They braved cloudy skies and ominous winds. But they laughed and joked and had a great attitude about it all.

I liked what Shamir Yates, an SSU junior, had to say about being able to party all Friday night but being ready to volunteer Saturday morning.

He and fellow members of his fraterntiy Alpha Phi Alpha find a community service project every weekend, and they often volunteer by reading to students at area schools.

It's easy to roll our eyes and grumpily talk about "these kids today," but Saturday was a fresh reminder that many of them are smart, caring and eager to learn about the world around them.

(AASU had a great role model in President Linda Bleicken, who was scooping up handfuls of cigarette butts from Johnson Square.)

Take a look at some of the photos provided by AASU and their photographer Katherin Antzen. The first shows all the volunteers, about half of whom worked in other Savannah neighborhoods Saturday.