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Athens Beautification Day cleanup draws OU students, Athens residents

More than 150 students and Athens community members took to the streets May 9 to take part in the 2010 Athens Beautification Day, a community-wide cleanup effort.

Participants swept streets, picked up litter and cleaned the fronts of local businesses near Court, Elliot and Palmer Streets in Athens. The event is designed to promote environmental awareness and civic involvement, according to the Athens Beautification Day website.

The event focuses on different projects each year. This year’s projects involved cleaning up several city streets and the area around Athens’ East Elementary School. Some student groups, including the SOUND student senate campaign, helped with the day’s projects.

The event was originally started in 2005 by the OU Men’s Water Polo Club. It became an independently scheduled, annual event in 2009, according to the organization’s website. Local businesses fund the project while students and residents volunteer their time and labor. The Athens city government and the OU administration also cooperate to lead and organize the event.

Photos by CG Photo Editor Elizabeth Linares. Video by CG Multimedia Producer Michael Geuy. CG Editor-in-Chief Erich Hiner served as editing assistant.