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September 25, 2013

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Young adults volunteer to clean up Greenway

NEW ALBANY — An AmeriCorps (National Civilian Community Corps) team is working with the Ohio River Greenway Commission to host three community days this week to clean up and remove graffiti in Clarksville and New Albany.

The group started Tuesday to paint graffiti on the New Albany floodwall; Wednesday, crews started litter pick-up at Mill Creek Bridge; and today, volunteers plan to concentrate on areas between the Greenway and the Ohio River in Clarksville.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full–time, 10-month, residential, national service program in which 2,800 young adults — all 18–24 years old — serve nationwide each year. Members serve on projects that address critical needs related to natural and to other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation and urban and rural development.

In exchange for their service, members receive $5,500 to help pay for college, or pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC programs, visit the website at americorps.gov/nccc.

The Greenway is a developing linear park including a pedestrian and bike path that connects New Albany and Jeffersonville via Clarksville, as well as Louisville, Ky. The 7.5-mile path is more than halfway completed.

 

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Judy Lunsford works on a lesson plan for her students with fellow teachers, Ellen Rothstein and Adam Stephens, in her classroom at Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville Wednesday afternoon. Lunsford, a new addition to Northaven, will be teaching second grade.

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