09
May
2013
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04:36 PM
America/Chicago

Students Join Fight Against Litter in District J

The University of Houston Downtown Student Government Association joined the movement in litter abatement in District J. On Saturday, May 4, volunteers from UHD picked up litter and trash along the 6300 block of Windswept near the Bering Ditch. A Guatemalan community organization, the Comite Civico Multicultural de Houston, participated as well.

"As a part of Student Government Association and a chair of the Community Outreach Committee I believe in empowering the community. After just randomly driving by the area and seeing its condition, fellow UHD student Ivan Sanchez and I knew that we should do something about it. We reached out to City Council Member Mike Laster to see if there was something we could do as part of a joint effort to change the condition of the area. It turned out that this area has been on a lot of people's radar and he was very happy to help us help this community. We are very excited about the project and hope that we can change the culture of the area into one of environmental consciousness," said John Locke, UHD Senator of University College.

Council Member Laster said that he is "so proud that these young leaders of Houston have stepped forward to become caretakers of our community. Their spirit of community outreach and environmental stewardship are inspirational. I hope that other groups and organizations in District J and Houston will join us in making and keeping our neighborhoods beautiful."

Ed-U-Gator, Councilman Mike Laster and UHD students helped to clean up the area near the 6300 block of Windswept. Ed-U-Gator, Councilman Mike Laster and UHD students helped to clean up the area near the 6300 block of Windswept.