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UM students clean neighborhoods after Griz home games

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Oct 20 2013 05:52:29 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

If you were in the university district in Missoula Sunday morning you might have seen groups of U of M students picking up garbage and raking leaves.

They were busy cleaning up after yesterday’s big game and its all part of a plan to improve relations between students and the community.

Katherine Brady, director of ASUM's 'Sunday Sweepers' program says the university district can get pretty messy after a big home game.

“We did hear a lot of people complaining, especially in the fall when school is just starting up, about trash on lawns and things like that,” says Brady.  

That's why after every home football game, U of M students hit the university neighborhoods, trash bags in hand and ready to help.

“It's been such a friendly place and it's been such a welcoming place that we want to get out and help in any way we can,” says one student volunteer.  “Being able to just walk around for a couple hours and pick up trash or just do what we need to do to give back to Missoula as a community is really worth it for us.”

Missoula resident Kelly Slattery tells us she's impressed.

It's Sunday morning and out here and most of them - even though I’m not a college student anymore - most of them sleep in and that's understandable because it's one of their days off so to be out here in the morning doing this is great,” says Slattery.  

For Brady it's not just about cleaning the neighborhoods but showing the community what an asset student volunteers can be.

“Neighbors will come out and thank us when they're walking by, as they're driving by they will stop to thank us so we've gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Brady tells us.  “It's really a community wide event and so I think they really appreciate it.”

“It's great to see these kids out here picking up leaves and just doing great things for our community and being a part of our community,” says Slattery.   

Brady tells us this is the second year for the 'Sunday Sweepers;’ she says the group will most likely continue their efforts after football season is over by helping to clean up after the Foresters Ball.

For more information about ASUM, click here.