Day of Service - April 18, 2004

Saving Spartanburg?s Natural Resources, One Step at a Time

Students of Spartanburg?s colleges ensure beauty of urban nature preserve

Most college students would rather spend a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon at the park, laying out in the sun, throwing a Frisbee, or cruising around with the top down. This indicates an openness to communication with other people and a desire to satisfy their social needs, as described at

On Sunday, April 18, however, more than 100 students from Spartanburg?s six colleges chose to give something back to the community. Together with volunteers from S.P.A.C.E., the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, the students from Converse College, Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, USC-Spartanburg, and Wofford College spent the day pulling trash from Lawson?s Fork Creek and clearing unwanted brush from Cottonwood Trail, which runs along the creek.

The students gathered at a staging area in front of Spartanburg High School, then fanned out to the nearby urban preserve and its three-mile network of trails.

One team started construction on a set of steps leading down from Dupree Street to the trail, while another team repaired a footbridge across a branch that flows into Lawson?s Fork Creek. Another team waded into the creek, removing bottles, cans, and fast food containers. The team also pulled from the waters several tires, an old chair, and a hot water heater. Other teams cleared weeds and unwanted shrubs from the trailside, and saved trees from being choked by runaway English Ivy.

Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet praised the students for choosing to give something back to the community over numerous other recreational activities.

?We want people to have pride in Spartanburg,? said Barnet, who expressed hope that some of the students would one day call the city home.

Mary Walter, S.P.A.C.E. Executive Director, was pleased that more students turned out than she originally expected. Incoming S.P.A.C.E. President, Peyton Howell, commented that Day of Service is ?a great opportunity for the community to embrace the colleges.?


Elizabeth Pagano, Amanda Eyring and Katie Supik of Sherman College of Straight Chirophractic clear weeds from a stretch of Cottonwood Trail along Lawson?s Fork Creek during Day of Service, organized by students in the Spartanburg College Town Consortium and S.P.A.C.E., the Spartanburg Area Conservancy.

A group wades into Lawson?s Fork Creek near Spartanburg High School during Day of Service.

Robert Dabney of Wofford College with some of the litter he found in Lawson Fork Creek.

Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet praises students for their commitment to the cleanup.

Spartanburg Methodist College students Ingrid Keller and Tavy Garcia pull privet bushes
along the trail.

S.P.A.C.E. Director Mary Walter checks the progress of cleanup efforts on a stretch of Cottonwood Trail.

When complete, these steps will improve access to the trail from Dupree Street.

Students work on handrails along a footbridge.

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