Street cleanup changes students' perspective

Students from GCU Canyon Reps and Honors VOICES gathered to clean a street not far from campus.

GCU Canyon Reps and Honors VOICES students recently partnered with the city of Phoenix’s Neighborhood Services Department for the 27th Avenue Corridor First Cleanup.

The students helped the area look better and also witnessed what can be done for people in need.

They cleaned the south and north sides of Indian School Road, from 27th Avenue to the Black Canyon Highway. During the event, Community Bridges Inc. reached out to the unsheltered population and helped several people, including two who agreed to enter a detox facility.

The cleanup was part of Service Week for Honors VOICES, an Honors College club focused on community service, cultural education and advocacy for the underserved. Honors VOICES Executive Vice President Lauren Baker said it gave her the opportunity to “love on the west Phoenix community,” and it fit into GCU’s larger mission to give “students an opportunity to meet people around the Valley exactly where they are.”

Esther Nies, a member of Canyon Reps, said she gained a new perspective and was hit with the “harsh realization that we as GCU students have life much easier than some.”

Through the event, students were able to give back to the community and see more of GCU’s role in the West Valley.

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