ASC Cares Day held in the spring

(05-21-2010)

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Clearing out trash for the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service

On April 24, Adams State College students, faculty and staff, and community members joined together for the first spring semester ASC Cares Service Day and Celebration. In spite of cold blustery weather, over 100 volunteers of all ages participated in outdoor projects including highway, yard, and Rio Grande clean-ups, Community Garden irrigation work, and more.

A late-afternoon celebration welcomed everyone back to campus with refreshments, live music and guest speakers. Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers and Adams State President David Svaldi expressed gratitude on behalf of the college and community for their dedication and commitment to service. Aaron Miltenburger, coordinator of Student Life, invited representatives from ASC clubs and organizations to tell about the variety of projects they accomplished during the academic year.

Mi Animo youth, coordinated by Ryan Esquibel, and the Adams State men's basketball team joined forces at the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and installed a footpath and paint markings on the outdoor basketball court. The team and Mi Animo youth have established bonds over the year. Mi Animo youth have attended Adams State basketball games and the team has learned about the Mi Animo Program and worked with the kids on a highway clean-up.

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The group of ASC Cares students and faculty who lent a hand in Saguache

Newman Club and Student Support Services volunteers traveled to Saguache, Colo., and worked on a Bureau of Land Management /US Forest Service project. Steve Sanchez, BLM natural resource specialist, said, "Due to the hard work of these students we were able to haul off more than 50,000 pounds of trash from this area." He said the clean up was a major step to the development of the Vista Grande property, which will eventually include bike trails, hiking trails, baseball fields and other recreational opportunities.

Future plans for ASC Cares events include the Volunteer Fair & Club FoodFest, Community Service Plunge, and the spring ASC Cares Celebration. The spring 2010 event was sponsored by Adams State United Campus Ministry, Student Life, Housing and Residence Life, Grizzly Activities Board, AS&F, Student Support Services and Mi Animo Prevention Program.

By Shirley Atencio