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UW-Eau Claire Students and Staff
Helped Tidy Up the Town Nov. 4

RELEASED: Nov. 10, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — While many in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire community were fast asleep one recent Saturday morning, a few staff members and 46 students gathered for the university's fifth annual Tidy Up the Town event. In four hours on Nov. 4, the volunteers performed fall cleanup activities at seven homes in Eau Claire and Altoona.

Tidy Up the Town is sponsored by the Activities and Programs office as part of the Community Action and Lifelong Learning program. Student volunteers raked leaves and performed other fall cleanup duties for local elderly individuals who needed help with these tasks. Most of the students volunteered with an organization on campus. Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Mortar Board, Beta Upsilon Sigma, international students and participants in Dr. Eric Jamelske's "Principles of Microeconomics" First Year Experience course were represented by volunteers.

The event was supported by donations from two local businesses. Premium Waters, Inc. supplied bottled water, and Papa John's Pizza on Clairemont Avenue provided pizza. These donations allowed the students to enjoy a free pizza lunch break during the event.

Several of those who were assisted called the Activities and Programs office to express their gratitude. One homeowner even invited volunteers inside, welcoming 11 students into the living room to watch the football game on television and enjoy cookies and other refreshments.

Paula Stuettgen, coordinator of the CALL program, spoke to the students who took part.

"We really reached out to the community with this effort. Thanks to each of you for showing up and for working so hard," said Stuettgen. "You make me proud of UW-Eau Claire students."

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