Eastern Helps Beautify Willimantic
On April 30, more than 200 students, staff, alumni and community members “hit the streets” for the annual “Town Pride, Town Wide” community clean-up event. Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, volunteers worked with community members on 22 projects to spruce up the town including raking, painting, clearing brush and more.
The beautiful spring weather allowed volunteers to complete projects on time and then enjoy a picnic in Memorial Park with iced coffee provided by Grounded Coffee, a new coffee shop opening on Main Street in Willimantic this spring.
Ken Bedini, vice president for student affairs, thanked the volunteers for their work at the picnic. “The community thanks you, and we thank you for all your hard work. You make us proud to be part of Eastern,” he said.
New this year was an alumni team including Ellen Lang ’81, Scott Nolan ’12, Judy Frankel ’12 and Amy Gorman ’11. Students and staff from Path Academy in Windham also participated.