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Area Providence College students volunteer to improve Providence, Kent, and Newport counties

Providence, R.I. – ?The following Shrewsbury residents were among 150 students in Providence College's Class of 2016 who spent their first days of college participating in the College's 22nd annual Urban Action program Aug. 26 and 27: Lauren? Lorkiewicz and Bridie? McKenna.

The freshmen, along with 25 upperclassmen leaders, volunteered at an historic park in Providence, and at sites in Kent and Newport counties in Rhode Island. In Providence at Neutaconkanut Hill Park, students painted rails, built a kiosk, prepped a meadow for an upcoming Philharmonic concert, and spread wood chips on multiple trails.? In Middletown, they cleaned up walking trails and coastal areas at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.? In East Greenwich, at Pat's Pastured Farm, students cleared brush on trails, removed fences, and cleaned a local cemetery.

Urban Action was initiated by Providence College students in 1991, with 17 students volunteering the first year.? Since then, more than 3,100 freshmen have participated, with many returning as leaders. The goal of the program is to provide incoming students with an opportunity to make a positive difference in Providence, a community they will be calling their “home away from home,” and the area beyond.

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