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OHIO, Athens communities celebrate Athens Beautification Day, Earth Day (PHOTOS)


Ohio University’s Community Service Leadership Council capped off a week of beautifying OHIO students’ home away from home with the 12th annual Athens Beautification Day, held on Sunday, April 22.

The largest day of community service in Athens County, this year’s Athens Beautification Day coincided with Earth Day and saw more than 800 members of the Ohio University and Athens communities join together to spruce up their collective home. For the fifth year, the event was organized by OHIO’s Community Service Leadership Council, a student organization dedicated to facilitating Bobcat engagement with non-profit organizations and community service projects in Southeast Ohio.

Here are some scenes captured at this year’s Athens Beautification Day:

Volunteers gather at Tailgreat Park the morning of April 22 to receive their Athens Beautification Day assignments.

Volunteers gather at Tailgreat Park the morning of April 22 to receive their Athens Beautification Day assignments. Groups of volunteers were dispatched to dozens of service projects throughout the community, doing everything from picking up litter to landscaping and painting.

A large group of Athens Beautification Day volunteers spent the day tending to the grounds around the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

A large group of Athens Beautification Day volunteers spent the day tending to the grounds around the Dairy Barn Arts Center. Steeped in Athens County history, the non-profit arts center hosts exhibitions, events and education programs designed to nurture and promote area artists and artisans, develop art appreciation among all ages and provide the community access to fine arts and crafts from outside the region. It is among Southeast Ohio’s major tourist attractions, drawing visitors from around the world.

Ohio University students rake and bag leaves near the entrance to the Dairy Barn Arts Center property.

Ohio University students rake and bag leaves near the entrance to the Dairy Barn Arts Center property.

Volunteers clean up bricks located behind the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Volunteers clean up bricks located behind the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Volunteers move clean fill dirt on property behind the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Volunteers move clean fill dirt on property behind the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Ohio University students carry leaves, sticks and other debris that volunteers removed from the Dairy Barn Arts Center grounds.

Ohio University students carry leaves, sticks and other debris that volunteers removed from the Dairy Barn Arts Center grounds.

Volunteers work to spruce up a garden at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Volunteers work to spruce up a garden at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Ohio University students add some colorful artwork to the sidewalks outside of the Athens Police Department.

Ohio University students add some colorful artwork to the sidewalks outside of the Athens Police Department.