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Students Show Up in Droves to Clean Up

An HU student clears leaves from a sidewalk near the North Phoebus Community Center.

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More than 300 Hampton University students climbed fences to pull weeds, painted basketball and tennis court lines on their hands and knees, pushed wheel barrows of dirt and laid landscaping rocks outside the North Phoebus Community center on Oct. 23 as part of a revitalization effort to help the center.

The Chamberlin Avenue center caters to children ages six to 17 and offers activities, including homework assistance, a music program and open gym. Larry Vaughn, a recreational professional at the center and an HU alumnus, described HU students’ efforts as, “incredible,” as he watched change take place on the grounds. Students also laid dirt in the center’s community vegetable garden.

HU students hall wood used to create flower beds at the center.

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“I am so proud of our students for coming out with such enthusiasm and for putting a real effort into the work,” said Anzell Harrell, HU assistant director of student activities.
Through Verizon Wireless, the event’s sponsor, HU students who participated were automatically eligible to win one of five $1,000 scholarships (administered through the United Negro College Fund), a Droid X by Motorola or a Samsung N150 netbook. Winners will be announced at the HU Homecoming game Nov. 6.

HU students lay foundation at the centerís community vegetable garden.

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“It was wonderful to see all the campus organizations come together for the greater good of the community,” said Lauren Legette, an HU senior who served as a student ambassador for the event. “HU students should pride themselves on giving to the community.”

- Leha Byrd