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Pfeiffer students help clean-up Stanly County during N.C. Big Sweep

Pfeiffer University students picked up trash and debris around local lake accesses on Saturday, Oct. 23 as part of the 2010 North Carolina Big Sweep in Stanly County.

The group cleaned up 20 bags of trash – that's 300 lbs. – at two Badin Lake boat access areas and completed 45 combined hours of service. Students included Ruth Dimmett, Kaleigh Featherstone, Brett Glenn, Lindsay Megill, Justin Snyder, Nicole MacKay, Dawn Watkins, trip leader Caitie Smith, and advisor Jonathan Rowe, director of Francis Center Service Scholar Programs.

The North Carolina Big Sweep is just one component of the International Coastal Cleanup, an event that allows volunteers from all 100 counties in the state and approximately 90 countries worldwide to join in the clean-up of our land and waterways.

“As a participant in the Big Sweep, it really opens your eyes to the impact that each piece of litter has,” said Justin Snyder, a senior Francis Scholar. “Although it may seem like one piece of litter has little impact, when a group of people has this mentality the trash really piles up.”

The service project left many of the students with new inspiration and motivation to keep a more watchful eye on their own environmental footprint.

“Big Sweep highlights our neglect of the environment,” said community partner coordinator Caitie Smith. It definitely makes you want to pick up any trash you see, even off site.”

This Saturday of Service event was sponsored by the Francis Center for Servant Leadership at Pfeiffer. For more information on how you can get involved, please email

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, Pfeiffer is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. Visit Pfeiffer online at or on

Media contacts: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or
                          Caitie Smith, (704) 463-3440.

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