Responding to a challenge issued by The John and Kathleen Rivers Foundation, The Citadel and the College of Charleston are facing off to clean up the downtown peninsula on Saturday, January 30.
More than 2,000 students, faculty, and staff from both colleges will scour the city from White Point Gardens to Mt. Pleasant Street. King Street will be the dividing line with The Citadel cleaning streets and neighborhoods to the west and the College of Charleston picking up trash and litter east of King. The various neighborhood associations have also been invited to participate.
The colleges are competing for $10,000 in scholarship money to be awarded by The John and Kathleen Rivers Foundation.
Citadel President John S. Grinalds is enthusiastic about the competition: "What a wonderful opportunity for both colleges to serve the community as well as compete for scholarship money. The Citadel truly appreciates the challenge and the generosity presented by the John and Kathleen Rivers Foundation."
Home Depot and Sonoco Products are supporting the challenge with donations of rakes, shovels, brooms, gloves, and trash bags to the cleaning teams. The Charleston Clean City Commission and the city's Department of Sanitation will also assist in the effort.
The volunteers will be divided into 20 different sections of the city. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to be completed in some three hours.
At noon on Saturday, January 30 participants from both colleges will gather at Riley Park for the awards ceremony and a celebratory picnic. Channel 5, WCSC-TV, news anchor Debbie Chard will emcee the awards ceremony. Also attending will be Citadel President John S. Grinalds, College of Charleston President Alex Sanders, and Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.