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U.S. college students volunteer for cleanup duty in Itzimná

Central College has been part of Merida life for 50 years

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A dozen college students from Iowa has helped clean up a part of the Itzimna neighborhood.

Merida, Yucatan — A dozen college students from Iowa has helped clean up a part of the Itzimná neighborhood.

The group from Central College, led by student Elizabeth Sheldon, were up early in the morning to pick up litter by the train tracks.

They arrived wearing t-shirts, tennis shoes, shorts, gloves and plastic bags, all accompanied with a cheerful attitude.

They collected cardboard, cans, bottles and plastic cups, among other waste, as they have done on other occasions since the beginning of this year.

The presence of foreigners attracted the attention of several people who passed through the area, before 8 in the morning, Diario de Yucatan reported.

Lisa Munro, director of the institution’s International Studies program, recalled that Christian college has more than 50 years’ history in Mérida and they want to do actions that benefit society.

“I feel very proud of them,” she said of the students participating in the clean-up activities. The students aren’t forced into action, they are volunteering on their own, she said.

“It’s a good initiative of students, to help,” said Munro.

The waste was taken to a green market in Reforma.

With 1,100 students, Pella, Iowa-based Central College has a long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. Their study-abroad system includes at least five programs in Merida.

Source: Diario de Yucatan

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