On January 20th, the third Monday of 2020, thousands of students across the country spent their day off volunteering and serving the community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Included in this group, Perkiomen Valley’s students scattered about the Montgomery County area to help those in need. One group of juniors chose to clean up trash in the Providence Town Center (PTC), a local shopping plaza.
“I just wanted to get a couple of my friends together to give back to the community, especially on this day. We love going to Providence Town Center and we wanted to clean it up to make it cleaner for everyone to enjoy,” Carolyn Rentz, the junior in charge of organizing the cleanup, said.
The day consisted of walking around the Providence Town Center with trash bags and gloves, picking up litter, boxes, bottles, and anything on the ground that didn’t belong. The girls were bundled up in coats, hats, and scarves, to try and beat the below 30-degree weather.
“Picking up trash is kind of disgusting…we had to pick up old scraps of watermelon and a piece of plastic that had brown water in it,” Rentz adds.
Nevertheless, the girls spent the entire day in the plaza, where shoppers can usually find warmth inside the nearby Starbucks or Zoup.
“It was nice doing something good for my community, especially at PTC because I always come here and I enjoy the places much better when they are clean,” Abby Souder, a junior volunteer at the clean-up said.
No matter the cold or the grossness of the trash, the volunteers were most happy they could help out the community.
“The biggest reward of the day was probably making an impact on our community by just doing a simple act like cleaning up some trash and making our community clean,” another volunteer, Maya Porecca, adds.
The PV volunteers clean-up added to the millions of service acts occurring across the country, though, as Souder sums up, “I hope we can inspire others to pick up trash when they see it and that it doesn’t have to be MLK Day to volunteer their time to do something good for their community.”