Students at UMass Amherst Will Participate in 10th Annual "Into Amherst" Day April 26

April 16, 2003

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AMHERST, Mass. - Spring has arrived and with it comes the 10th Annual Into Amherst Community Service Day, slated for Sat., April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at numerous locations in and around Amherst. Approximately 300 University of Massachusetts Amherst students and community members are expected to participate, contributing their energy and enthusiasm to complete needed projects in Amherst and in surrounding communities.The event represents an on-going and collaborative effort between UMass Amherst and the Town of Amherst, and support and participation levels have grown steadily over the years.

Projects in Amherst include painting the interior and exterior of buildings, conservation areas, improving playgrounds, gardening and other projects organized through 29 local community organizations and Town of Amherst programs.

INTO AMHERST will include a "kick off" at 9 a.m. at Sweester Park in Amherst, including coffee and breakfast items donated by the Black Sheep Cafe; a brief welcome by UMass Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi, and Amherst Town Manager Barry del Castillo.Volunteers will depart for their sites at approximately 9:30 a.m. on foot or via buses donated by UMass Transit Services. Volunteers will work at sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will return to the Bangs Community Center for a celebration lunch (food donated by Amherst-area businesses).

Participating Groups include:

* Pi Delta Psi

* Boltwood Project

* Men''s Soccer Team

* Women''s Field Hockey Team

* Theta Chi Fraternity

* Men''s Swimming Team

* SHARE

* Women''s Swimming Team

* Omega Delta Fraternity

Project Sites/Partners

* The Common School

* Amherst Cinema

Fort River School

* Amherst Survival Center

* Town of Amherst Conservation

* Hitchcock Center for the Environment

* Ann Whalen Apartments

* Jones Library

* Amherst S.A.L.T. Council

The organizers of INTO AMHERST express their thanks to the area businesses donating breakfast and lunch for participants, including: The Black Sheep Caf?, Antonio''s Pizza, Bueno Y Sano, Judie''s, La Cucina Di Pinocchio, New India Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Pizzarama, Stables Sandwich Shop, and The Sub.