UIU Peacocks for Progress will put the money to work
FAYETTE, IOWA (March 26, 2007) –The Upper Iowa University student organization Peacocks for Progress was the recipient of $500 from an Alliant Energy Foundation grant written by Fayette City Clerk Christie Dennis. Daryl Grove, UIU director of student activities, accepted the check on behalf of the university.
“I’m very appreciative of Christie’s efforts to get this grant money to help with the cleanup of the Volga River recreational trail,” said Grove. “The university and its students are committed to the citizens of Fayette by way of community involvement.” Grove explained the funds will be recycled back into the local economy by purchasing items to clean up the area along the banks of the Volga River in preparation for construction of a new multi-use recreational trail and bridge that the city is currently planning.
Peacocks for Progress will need gloves, shovels, rakes, loppers and fuel in order to clear the trail area of existing junk, such as old tires, scrap metal, tossed out washing machines and dryers, as well as other brush and debris.
The work is one of many community projects that will take place on Wednesday, April 11, a day Upper Iowa University has designated as “Fayette Appreciation Day” in honor of its 150th Anniversary celebration.
Peacocks for Progress is a non-profit community service group that takes on approximately 50 “helping-hands” projects annually in the Fayette area. The objective is to encourage volunteerism and teamwork among the students through helping the Fayette Community and to ultimately create a life-long service ethic.
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