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Community Appreciation Day

From leaf raking to picking up trash, students from one Lackawanna County college were making a nearby community a little more beautiful Tuesday morning.
Scranton, Lackawanna County- About one-hundred college students traded in their books for rakes, brooms and garbage bags. They then hit the streets of West Scranton to clean up.

"I had three classes today. They were canceled, which was nice, but I still have basketball practice," says Maeghin Mueller, a student at Baptist Bible College.

Classes were canceled at Baptist Bible College in the Abingtons Tuesday for their annual Community Appreciation Day.

"I think it's pretty awesome. I love the weather, so I am actually enjoying it," says Mueller. 

Mueller is helping clean three different parks in West Scranton and some blighted properties. Although she's never skated at this skate park along Jackson Street, she is thrilled to help clean it up. Members of the West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch are also thankful for the extra help.

"It's awesome. It's a wonderful opportunity that came to us. We're very appreciative," says Karin Foster.

In addition to the cleanup work, people are going to be knocking on doors. They'll be asking residents to take a survey to find out their quality of life.

"This is an effort that we're doing in the West Scranton community. We will be going in the Hyde Park area knocking on doors, talking to neighbors," says Molly Boylan of Neighborworks NEPA.

"No matter where we are, whether it's Scranton or Clarks Summit, that's what we want to do. We want to go out and do as much as we can," says Peter Bouraphael, a student at Baptist Bible College.
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