April 4, 5: Community invited to join Cougar Pride cleanup

Cougs-in-the-Community-logo-300RICHLAND, Wash. – Students and the community will join forces the first weekend in April to beautify Washington State University Tri-Cities and to help transform a neighborhood in West Richland.

Cougar Pride Days are part of Cougs in the Community, a new service-based learning program initiated by Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young and Monika Moo-Young.

Pre-registration is requested by March 28 to ensure participants receive T-shirts and snacks. Register online at http://tricity.wsu.edu/cougsinthecommunity.

Cougs in the Community provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members and community partners to demonstrate good citizenship and make a difference in the Tri-Cities. The program is especially designed to help students engage in civic activities and network while having fun sharing knowledge, skills and resources in a volunteer environment.

Two projects are planned:

• Friday, April 4: Volunteers will beautify the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland with outdoor projects 7-11 a.m., including painting, cleaning and gardening. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

• Saturday, April 5: Cougs will team with Habitat for Humanity 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to help residents in Desert View Park, a manufactured home community in West Richland where residents have been asked to repaint their homes by the end of May. Many of these homeowners are elderly, disabled or have other circumstances that mean they need help completing yard cleanup and home repairs. Families are welcome, although minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or club advisor.



Melissa O’Neil Perdue, Marketing & Communications Manager, WSU Tri-Cities, 509-372-7319, cell/text 509-727-3094, moneil@tricity.wsu.edu