The Scranton Street Sweep has been a well-known service opportunity for students for several years. Run by Student Government and occurring once every semester, students from various on-campus clubs and organizations along with 22 Student Government senators work to clean and beautify certain zones in Scranton’s Hill Section and downtown area.
The Street Sweep will take place in Courthouse Square and the Hill Section. This year’s Street Sweep, however, differs in several ways from those of the past. For example, this year there will be a special focus on the alleyways of the Hill Section, specifically Kellum Court, Mahon Court, McKenna Court and Costello Court. In addition, the area in which the volunteers will be working has been expanded. In the past, volunteers would work on the 400 and 500 blocks from Mulberry Street to Olive Street. This semester, they will work from the 400 block to the 600 block, or from Mulberry Street to Pine Street. Finally, the volunteers will be working in collaboration with the Hill Neighborhood Association, a new addition to the Street Sweep.
Senior Dana Ranney is heading the Street Sweep project. According to Ranney, 200 to 300 students are expected to volunteer. There will be t-shirts for the first 200 students in attendance as well as free refreshments. Also, the project will proceed rain or shine. The Street Sweep will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18, and volunteers will meet in the Madison Avenue parking lot.