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Keeping the Spicker River Greenway Clean

Keeping the Spicker River Greenway Clean

Over the weekend, a team of Central Catholic students and adults participated in the Spicket River Cleanup, helping to keep the Greenway adjacent to our campus clean!

Virtual Spicket River Cleanup, October 3 and 4, Saturday and Sunday

Eleven Raiders participated as a group at CCHS on Saturday, cleaning the banks of the Spicket River and sidewalks adjacent to the Central Catholic campus working in small groups while wearing gloves and masks.  

Thank you to...

  • Ruben Castillo '21
  • Mia D'Avolio '24
  • Divya Mahajan '24
  • Taya Marinaro '21
  • Victor Metivier '21
  • Santany Sanchez '23
  • Matthew Tango '21
  • Edgar Tavares '24
  • Arlenis Veloz '22
  • Director of Campus Ministry Earline Tweedie
  • President Chris Sullivan '81

Additional students are participating on their own (at least 10 have already participated) and some are working directly with Groundwork Lawrence!“

"The Spicket River Cleanup is a service event that Central has participated in for over eight years, and has a strong history at CCHS since our borders are against the Spicket River,” said Mrs. Earline Tweedie, Director of Campus Ministry at CCHS. “I am very proud of our students for their generosity to serve in our community. They participated with energy and excitement as we cleaned around Central, and a couple of our neighbors came out to see what we were doing and said thank you.”

We are proud to partner with Groundwork Lawrence on this important initiative! 

Student with trash bag collecting trash

The Spicket River Cleanup is just one of several opportunities for CCHS students, faculty and
staff to serve the community. All students participate in our Christian Service Learning Program,
known as One Day, in which students give at least one day (24 hours) of service to those who
need it most. Over 80% of CCHS students give well beyond their one day of service and
continue to assist those in need. CCHS faculty members regularly volunteer alongside students
for community service opportunities.

About the Spicket River Greenway

Spicket River Greenway pillar with school in background

The 3.5-mile Spicket River Greenway runs along the Spicket River by Central Catholic High School and links a network of existing and new open spaces, parks, and neighborhoods along the river, including the William Kennedy Playstead adjacent to Central Catholic.

This project, completed in June 2015, was a collaboration of the City of Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, and numerous businesses and organizations, including Central Catholic.

Thank you to all the students, parents, and families who participated in the cleanup, and thank you to Groundwork Lawrence for developing the Greenway and serving as a wonderful steward of this great resource for the City of Lawrence.

The Spicket River Cleanup Photo Album

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