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DU Spring Clean-up Extends Reach Farther into Hill District, South Side

Each year, hundreds of Duquesne University students, faculty and staff partner with community organizations in two nearby neighborhoods—the Hill District and South Side—for one of the largest spring clean-up days in the city.

During the 22nd Annual Spring Clean-up, Duquesne will take to the streets to pick up litter, build relationships and raise environmental awareness.

“Each year, we have more and more people come to us for help,” said Luci-Jo DiMaggio, assistant director of Spiritan campus ministry, which sponsors the event. “The area we cover in both the Hill District and South Side increases every year because community members see what we’re doing and invite us into their block or into their organization to help.”

For the first time this year, children are playing an important part in the Hill District initiative. For those under age 12, a children’s planting and painting project will be available, across the street from the Centre Avenue check-in point for community members.

An expanded health screening fair will be part of the Hill District program, where residents can receive diabetic foot screenings or be tested for carbon monoxide exposure.

When: Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check-in is at 9 a.m. on campus, 10 a.m. at community sites

Where: Check-in on the Mellon Patio of Duquesne. Teams will work in various locations in the Hill District and South Side.

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