Posted 4:08 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021

Among the 30 members of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Order of Omega who headed out into UWL neighborhoods April 14, to pick up trash were, from left, Zach Hanson (Sigma Tau Gamma,) Katherine Gapinski (Sigma Sigma Sigma,) and Myah Tofson (Alpha Xi Delta).

UWL honor student group picks up neighborhood trash

UW-La Crosse students who are members of an honor society for campus fraternity and sorority organizations spent part of a day helping to clean up neighborhoods around campus.

Thirty members of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Order of Omega headed out into UWL neighborhoods Wednesday, April 14, to collect garbage. They were aided by the City of La Crosse Recycling Office, which provided safety vests, gloves and garbage bags.

UWL Order of the Omega students get their duty assignments prior to a neighborhood clean-up April 14. The fraternity and sorority honor students include front, from left, (Sydney Curtis (Sigma Sigma Sigma), Grace White (Sigma Sigma Sigma), and Kristy Nachreiner (Sigma Sigma Sigma); and back, from left, Alex Ricci (Delta Sigma Phi), Mike Boerboon (Delta Sigma Phi,) Maddy Krieger, Sigma Sigma Sigma,) and Riley Faltinowski (Sigma Sigma Sigma).

“The UWL campus is immaculately kept up by university staff, but the neighborhoods surrounding campus that house many off-campus students are often littered with trash,” Camryn Frye, who serves as the organization's secretary and planned the event. “The Order of Omega wanted to host an event that would make the nearby community neighborhoods as pristine as our campus.”

Students participating wore face masks while cleaning during the event that ran several hours throughout the day to limit group size. The groups were limited to no more than four at a time.

From left, UWL students Lilly Garrett (Tri Sigma), Mckayla Hammers (Alpha Xi Delta), and Taylor Cichy (Alpha Xi Delta) participate in the neighborhood clean-up April 14.

The 30 students spent nearly 40 hours combing the area for trash.