The following is a report written for and originally published by Harvard University's Public Affairs & Communications office.
April 26th, was a perfect spring morning for Harvard staff, local businesses and neighbors to join forces in Allston for Boston Shines.
The annual citywide clean up event brought together representatives from Allston-based University groups, including Harvard Real Estate Services, Harvard Business School and the Harvard Innovation Lab, as well as teams from the Cambridge campus who often work with Allston neighbors, such as Harvard Planning and Project Management, Harvard Campus Services, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, as well as the International Office. Harvard affiliated businesses, including Earthwatch, AVFX, and Samuels and Associates, Harvard’s real estate partner in Barry’s Corner, and several Allston Brighton residents also joined the effort.
The team -- 80 people strong -- pruned, painted, swept and planted at clean-up projects throughout Allston-Brighton. The annual spring cleaning spruced up gardens around Honan Allston Library, the Gardner Pilot Academy and Jackson Mann School, public fields at Hooker Sorrento Park and Smith Field and along Western Avenue, and volunteers raked, mulched, swept and painted gates and benches in Collins Square.
The event is a rite of spring for Harvard's Allston-based staff, who look forward to giving back to the community and supporting the neighborhood each spring. It was a community event from start to finish, with North Allston retailers Shaw’s Supermarket, Stone Hearth Pizza and Swiss Bakers donating lunch for workers at the conclusion.
Harvard has participated in Boston Shines for the past eleven years, focusing the clean up efforts in key locations throughout Allston-Brighton.
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