Vote for the Downtown Scranton Planter Beautification Project!


We need your help to beautify downtown Scranton this spring!  

The University of Scranton's Office of Community Relations and Student Government together with Scranton Tomorrow and Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County have a chance to win $1,000 from Pennsylvania American Water’s Community Investment Challenge for their collaborative Downtown Scranton Spring Planter Beautification Project.  The funding will help to purchase spring flowers.  

The project cleaning up debris and planting flowers and bushes throughout the planters in Scranton’s Main Street district; Jefferson Ave. through Mifflin Ave., Olive St. through Lackawanna Ave. In cooperation with community partners, the University extends its annual spring “Street Sweep” neighborhood clean-up event into downtown Scranton. More than 100 students and alumni, together with Penn State Master Gardeners, participate in this event.

You can help by voting for our project - every day until Dec. 8 and sharing it with your friends.  Here's how it works:

1) Go to this Facebook page.
2) Like the page!
3) Vote for the Downtown Scranton Spring Planter Beautification Project
4) Share it with friends!
5) Vote every day now through Dec. 8...

The spring planting is part of the University’s ongoing Downtown Engagement Initiative and also signifies the spring kick-off of Scranton Tomorrow’s City Pride and Downtown Planter Program, which is designed to help improve the quality of life in the downtown Scranton business district. This downtown beautification project will take place on April 12 or 13, 2014, with the planning and purchasing of materials taking place in March/April. Funding will help to support the purchase of additional flowers and shrubs for 90 planters throughout the downtown area, to augment funding provided by the University’s Office of Community Relations and Student Government.

This project provides direct benefits to the Scranton community by beautifying the streets of downtown Scranton with seasonal flowers and shrubs. Without Scranton Tomorrow’s City Pride and Downtown Planter program, aided by the University through this project, a large majority of the City planters would be filled with litter and debris. Through volunteering in the downtown area, University students become more familiar with the city’s shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities while also gaining increased pride in the campus’ surrounding neighborhood.

This project provides a tangible improvement in the appearance, livability and vitality of the downtown, while also boosting University-Downtown yearlong collaboration.

On Nov. 10, nearly 200 students participated in the University’s fall Street Sweep. Volunteers picked up litter and garbage in various streets in the Hill Section. In cooperation with Scranton Tomorrow, more than 40 students joined by 10 Penn State Master Gardeners, cleaned out planters throughout the downtown.

Learn more about the Pennsylvania American Water’s Community Investment Challenge in this article in the Wall Street Journal.