Club members collected 539 books to start a library at La Communidad De La Sagrada Familia orphanage in Lima, Peru. As a result of their efforts, the student-run club was awarded top prize in the "Clean Your Closets" category of the three-month-long community improvement initiative sponsored by the environmentally-focused Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful organization.
The Great American Cleanup is a campaign designed to enlist volunteers to "clean-up, fix-up, paint-up and green-up" to beautify communities. This year, 16,000 people took part in the Gwinnett Great American Cleanup. According to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, those volunteers:
Of those thousands of volunteers, five groups were honored for making the biggest impact or transformation.
“We are humbled by the show of support from the local community for this year’s Great American Cleanup – Gwinnett Challenge,” said Connie Wiggins, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, in a released statement. “It is truly inspiring to see the ingenuity of and variety in the project submissions we received from participants. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the people of Gwinnett for working together to make a difference for our environment and to make the Great American Cleanup – Gwinnett Challenge 2014 such a huge success. We are already in the planning stages to make next year’s Challenge even bigger and better!”