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LVC Community to Serve as “Curators” at Quittie Creek Garbage Museum
09.04.13 |
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Lebanon Valley College community will gather for a day of service at the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum, 8 East High Street, Annville on Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Following lunch and a tour of the museum by executive director Michael Schroeder, participants as curators will collect trash, seeking suitable artifacts for the Museum.

From its start in eastern Lebanon, the Quittie stretches 18 miles to join the Swatara, northwest of Palmyra. It is a tributary of the Swatara Creek, part of the Susquehanna River basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Garbage Museum, billed in its promotional literature as “the world’s most eye-popping rogue garbage museum west of the Poconos,” is devoted to raising public awareness about the systematic contamination of Quittapahilla Creek and other waterways in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region, the northeastern United States, and beyond. Still a work in progress, the museum currently holds more than 1,000 plastic trash artifacts, along with a series of explanatory narratives that situate the found garbage in its social, cultural and historical contexts, and does so in a sanitary, aesthetically pleasing, weather-resistant, and sustainable way.

“We’re hoping for strong representation from the many organizations within the college community,” said Rev. Paul Fullmer, LVC’s chaplain, who also serves as the director of community service and volunteerism. “Members of athletic teams have already indicated an interest in joining us, as have several academic departments and service organizations.”

The college-wide project is part of a series of programs designed in support of LVC’s goal to “prepare students for a life of service to others,” a key tenet of the College’s mission statement. Throughout the academic year, students will also welcome representatives of local service organizations at a service fair on Sept. 15 and participate in several national service initiatives including MLK Day of Service, and United Way of Lebanon County’s “Day of Caring.” LVC’s Student Government has designated funds for a weeklong service trip over the College’s spring break.

Several incentive programs seek to reward students, in particular, for their service. Bronze, Silver or Gold Community Service Awards based upon the number of hours a student serves the local community are posted on LVC’s Job Center Profile for the information of prospective employers. Students who serve the local community are also recognized at an annual banquet and in the commencement program.

LVC alumni and emeriti who would like to participate on Sept. 14 are welcome to contact Chaplain Fullmer in the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism at 717-867-6135 or Volunteers should bring a pair of sturdy work gloves and a water bottle and expect to engage in strenuous physical activity. Clothing should cover arms and legs; hats are strongly suggested.

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