Reach Out and Reduce Waste!

by Danielle Cotter

Last Friday at ten in the morning, a time when most college students are still sound asleep, a group of girls from the Tufts chapter of Alpha Phi, along with Tufts’ Recycling Manager Dawn Quirk, were outside battling muddy slopes and mosquitoes. The girls were working in conjunction with Tufts’ first annual Reach Out! Service Day, an event cosponsored by Leonard Carmichael Society and Tufts Hillel that attracted over 300 people this year.

Trash behind Somerville High School

Dawn and the Tufts Alpha Phi girls were working with GroundWork Somerville at the second annual Green-A-Thon. Their task? To clean up sites that community members have categorized as none other than “dirty” and daunting.  By the end of the day, they had removed 15 bags of litter from the woods behind Somerville High School and the Commuter Rail tracks.

Tufts Recycles! would like to extend a special thank you to the girls of Alpha Phi who supported this effort, Dawn Quirk, and to the organizers of this event. We can all dedicate a few hours of our time to help make our planet a little bit greener!

Tufts Alpha Phi girls smile after the tricky task was completed!