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APSU campus gets annual makeover

Its time to grab your gardening gloves and head to Austin Peays Plant the Campus Red.

Sponsored by the APSU University Advancement Office, the annual campus beautification project will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot located next to APSUs McCord Building.
It's time to grab your gardening gloves and head to Austin Peay's “Plant the Campus Red.”

Sponsored by the APSU University Advancement Office, the annual campus beautification project will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot located next to APSU's McCord Building.

Initially organized in 1999 as a means of repairing tornado damage, “Plant the Campus Red” pairs groups of eight to 10 volunteers with master gardeners to mulch and plant 26 campus flowerbeds. Though the project may seem overwhelming, Project Coordinator Brenda Harrison says it's actually quite easy.

“All the beds are prepared prior to the event,” she says. “They are even marked as to where the flowers should be planted.”

Harrison says the event has gained support each year, especially from APSU students.

“We still have a lot of community support, but the students are really coming out for us,” she says. “The student involvement has been wonderful.”

The University Advancement Office will host a cookout for all volunteers immediately following “Plant the Campus Red” at the APSU baseball field. Volunteers who preregister also will receive free T-shirts.

For further information or to preregister, telephone Brenda Harrison at 7024.
—Terry Stringer