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OC celebrates anniversary by picking up trash in OKC

Wednesday, October 1, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Mitchell
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From The Oklahoman
By Dawn Marks
Staff Writer

Oklahoma Christian University students, alumni, faculty and staff gave Oklahoma City a thank you Saturday for 50 years of classes in the city.

A crew of about 175 people from the university patrolled the streets of downtown picking up trash Saturday as part of the Day in the City service project. Neil Arter, dean of students, said officials wanted to do something to symbolically thank Oklahoma City during the school’s 50th anniversary in Oklahoma City.

“We’re trying to remind the students about the commitment of the community,” Arter said. “It’s not like we can repay all the things that have been done for us.”

Fifty years ago, members of the Oklahoma City downtown business community encouraged Oklahoma Christian officials to move the university to Oklahoma City from Bartlesville, Arter said.

The Oklahoma Christian crew started Saturday in Bricktown and worked toward the Oklahoma County jail. Senior Jana Miller, 21, said she heard about the past two years of Day in the City service projects and decided that her social service club, Gamma Rho, should join this year.

“I know that every time I serve, no matter how small it is, it’s really humbling,” Miller said. “This community has been really supportive.”

The Day in the City project started with Memorial Road Church of Christ; eventually several other organizations and churches joined. Groups did service projects Saturday all over the metro area.

Allison Shumate, university communications coordinator, said Oklahoma Christian’s project organizers were pleased with the turnout Saturday.

“It was so great that every time you turned a corner you would see another big group of the students all in their matching Day in the City shirts working together to clean things up,” Shumate said.

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