After a rainy weekend in Syracuse, NY it was finally warm and sunny on Monday (4/30). Making it the perfect day to clean up the surrounding woods and shorelines of a local lake, Green Lakes, near the Syracuse University campus. Lauren Sharkey, Julia Pope, Caroline Shamaline, Julia Brougher, and Alex Dodge spend about an hour and a half picking up trash that had accumulated throughout the woods. We noticed that a lot of the trash collected was food rapping and plastic cups. We believe this is because Green Lakes is a popular place for people to come and eat lunch as they admire the beautiful lake. However, we only filled two bags of garbage, which was surprising to us because of how popular this area is to go to. Overall, we felt proud to serve our community and help an organization preserve bodies of water, such as Green Lakes.
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