November 27, 2012

Runners Complete Community Service Projects

The Albion College women's cross country team officially completed its season Nov. 10 with a run in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional, but the Britons gathered as a team the weekend of Nov. 17-18 to work in the community.

The team planted trees along the Kalamazoo River bike trail in Albion with geology professor Tim Lincoln Nov. 17. Abby Hess, a senior from Dexter, noted team members raked the rocky soil before planting wild strawberries and a variety of nut trees.

"We learned a few new planting techniques along the way," Hess said. "Hopefully the plants all survive and thrive and people are able to enjoy them as they walk along the trail."

Team members raked leaves for Albion residents who needed help, including the neighbor of Coach Hayden Smith, Nov. 18.

"Helping households that can't do the labor involved in raking leaves is important in that it makes community members feel like they are keeping their part of Albion looking nice," Smith said. "In addition, the city benefits by looking clean and a prideful look to neighborhoods."