Service Fraternity to Help Beautify the WPI Campus on April 19

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass - Members of the WPI chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the national co-ed service fraternity, will put on their work gloves and roll up their sleeves on Thursday, April 19, as they clean up and landscape a plaza adjacent to WPI's new campus center.

The project, to be conducted by about 30 WPI undergraduates, mostly new pledges to the fraternity, is aimed at beautifying the area around Freeman Plaza, between Salisbury Labs and the Washburn Shops. The plaza is adjacent to the West Street pedestrian mall and directly opposite the new campus center.

"One of our missions is to make life better for the local community and for the WPI community," notes APO brother Eric Laurendeau '04. "Improving the appearance of the campus is one way of doing this."

In February, the fraternity held its annual "Sleepout," in which students spent the night on the sidewalk outside Harrington Auditorium to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in Worcester and to raise money for local shelters. Other activities during the year have included helping out at the Worcester Boys and Girls clubs, tutoring high school students, and participating in an AIDS walk.

The beautification project at Freeman Plaza is expected to take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Clarence Plant, property administrator at WPI and advisor to APO, at 508-831-5137.