WKU social work students begin project to beautify community

Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 2:35 PM CDT
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Students enrolled in the Western Kentucky University Master of Social Work program partnered with the Bowling Green Police Department and students from Eleventh Street Academy to help clean up the Hill House community.

The group covered about eight blocks worth of ground on Monday, starting at the Eleventh Street Academy Alternative School.

Maria Sweatman says the initial purpose of the cleanup was to fulfill the requirement of their group project, but they settled on the cleanup because they realized the positive impact it could have on the Bowling Green community and the environment.

"We got a whole lot of trash. We picked up probably ten or 12 bags, and there were a lot of recyclables that we picked up."

Eleventh Street Academy teacher Scott Blackerby told 13 News they were proud to be part of the community service because of the lessons it taught the students.

"One of the jobs at Eleventh Street Academy for teachers and administrators is to try and get students more publicly involved in the community. "

In addition to the cleanup, a Bowling Green Police Officer spent time with the students, allowing them to see law enforcement in a positive light.

The Hill House is home to community programs such as the "Free Little Library" and "Free Little Pantry."