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University Wins Statewide Pennsylvania American Water Contest

University Wins Statewide Pennsylvania American Water Contest
From left: Julie Cohen, director of community and government relations at the University; Susan Turcmanovich, manager of communication and corporate responsibility, Pennsylvania American Water; Leslie Collins, executive director of Scranton Tomorrow; Steve Ward, Penn State master gardener; Donald Castellucci III ’14, president of the University’s Student Government; and Sasha-Lee Vos ’14, director of communication for the University’s Student Government.

The University of Scranton, together with community partners Scranton Tomorrow and Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County, won the Pennsylvania American Water’s “Community Investment Challenge,” a contest where voters use the company’s Facebook page to determine grant awards given to support environmental projects and community improvement programs. Seventeen organizations from across the commonwealth entered projects in the month-long contest. The University entered its Downtown Scranton Spring Planter Beautification Project, which is planned for the spring of 2014 as part of the University’s annual Street Sweep, and conducted in collaboration with community partners.

The Downtown Scranton Spring Planter Beautification Project came in first place and was awarded a $1,000 grant from Pennsylvania American Water. The grant will support a project that includes cleaning up debris and planting flowers and bushes throughout the planters downtown. The University’s Office of Community Relations and student government are partnering with Scranton Tomorrow and Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County to extend the annual spring “Street Sweep” neighborhood clean-up event into downtown Scranton.

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