Rakes at the ready; Fall Sweep to return Nov. 6

Roger Coda
students raking leaves

A hearty team of students makes short work of leaves during Fall Sweep in 2019.

After a year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, SUNY Fredonia’s Fall Sweep is poised to once again draw an estimated 300 to 400 students on Saturday, Nov. 6, to rake leaves in residents’ yards in the surrounding area.

All student groups on campus are encouraged to join the 16th edition of the volunteer project, organized by two student groups, the Applied Communication Association (ACA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), that helps to build a better relationship with Fredonia residents.

“This is a great way for group bonding for all SA groups, athletic teams, residence halls or just any group of friends,” said Erin Vaughan, ACA chapter president and a senior Communication: Public Relations major from Patterson, N.Y.

“This is a great way for group bonding for all SA groups, athletic teams, residence halls or just any group of friends,” - Erin Vaughan, ACA chapter president

Students, equipped with about three-dozen tarps and an estimated 125 rakes, will be deployed from Temple Street to the Birchwood Street area, and additional streets may be added.

“Most students enjoy going out into the community and doing community service! Students love Fall Sweep because it's a great way to keep good relations with the residents of Fredonia,” explained Ms. Vaughan, who has been involved in Fall Sweep since her first year at Fredonia.

“I keep coming back to participate every year because it's a great way to create bonds with other organizations along with keeping a bond with the residents of Fredonia,” she added. 

Registration and breakfast for participants will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room. A brief ceremony at 10 a.m. will be followed by the official start of leaf-raking at 10:30 a.m. Groups are to return their rakes to LoGrasso Hall upon completing their assignments.

Students can register until Friday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m., at the Campus Life office in the Williams Center. Sign-up forms are available online.

This year, the ACA will sell Fall Sweep apparel. More information is available on its Instagram page, @fredonia_aca

“Sign up today and give back to the community that supports our campus,” Ms. Vaughan added. More information is available via email.

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