By Mary Nordick
About 155 Saint Mary’s University students volunteered in the annual Spruce Up Winona event on Saturday, April 20.
The event is in conjunction with Earth Day and is a way for the SMU community to give back to Winona. This year, the event went off without a hitch and had volunteers out the back door.
“Groups of people will go out into the community and volunteer for different organizations,” said senior Volunteer Mentor Shannon Nelson. “We had about 155 volunteers and the event overall was a success.”
It was the first sunny day Winona has seen in a while, and participants received sunglasses as they went out to different areas in Winona to volunteer.
Sophomore Mae Yang said, “I met a lot of new people also and we got cookies from the site volunteer. Overall I would say it was a great day. It was so fun that I did not seem to think I was volunteering. It did not seem like a chore at all.”
The event takes place every spring and students are encouraged to attend. Nelson said, “It is definitely a rewarding experience that everyone should participate in.”