200 Becker College students keep their communities clean

Published on Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

More than 200 first-year Becker College students, clad in Becker blue, will be out and about in Elm Park in Worcester, and the Town Common in Leicester, on September 6, at 9:30 a.m., as part of BC101, the first-year experience course.

In Elm Park, the morning’s agenda includes painting bridges and tables, raking, weeding and general clean-up. BC101 faculty members are exploring additional ways to make the students’ relationship with Elm Park an educational experience.

“We are happy to assist Becker College in this public-private partnership,” said City Manager Michael V. O’Brien. “This fits in with our plans to help maintain City parks by engaging the populations who use them and benefit from them.”

When City officials asked local colleges and universities to consider adopting Worcester’s parks, the pairing of Becker College and Elm Park was a natural fit.

“Adopting Elm Park is a perfect opportunity to help maintain and beautify one of the country’s first public parks and introduce students to their community and the value of volunteerism, all at the same time,” said Becker President Ken Zirkle.