April 17, 2003
Students and faculty of the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) braved damp and muddy conditions last Saturday to celebrate Earth Day with a campus trash cleanup.

Held in conjunction with the 15th annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, the cleanup was coordinated by Environmental Biology instructor Sharon Sontheimer under the auspices of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Inc., sponsor of "Environmental Education on the Potomac."

"Here at HACC, our efforts contribute in a small way to keep trash from heading into Rock Creek and ultimately into the Potomac River," said Sontheimer.

The foundation, which provided trash bags and gloves for trash collectors, is embarking on a ten-year campaign, "Trash Free in 2013." Their slogan for this year is "Take Pride in the Potomac: It's time to take out the trash!"

HACC volunteers collected garbage bags of trash. They took plastic bottles and aluminum cans home for recycling and tossed large items - including a discarded satellite dish - into a disposal container provided by IESE waste disposal company of Scotland, Pa. HACC's Student Advisory Council rewarded cleanup participants with pizza and sodas.

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