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Facilities MLK Day of Service Landscaping Project

(February 10, 2020) – For the past few years, Facilities has teamed up with UTSA students on various landscaping projects. The projects are an opportunity for students to donate their time, connect with the greater campus community, and give back.

This year, UTSA honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by designating January 24, 2020, MLK Day of Service. In the spirt of Dr. King, student volunteers once again teamed up with Facilities to serve UTSA by helping to plant 1,191 plants donated by ABM, the university-contracted custodial services provider.

Della Reyes, Facilities Quality Assurance (QA) Manager, student volunteers, Facilities QA and Grounds staff George Martinez, Henrietta Mercado, Greg Peyer, Joe Alderete and ABM volunteers, worked from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to plant as many of the plants as possible. By 12:00 noon, 650 of the donated plants had been planted throughout two campus-housing communities, Chaparral Village and Laurel Village.

Della and her team enjoy working with students on landscaping and other projects and appreciate the time they donate to helping keep the UTSA campus beautify. About her experience working with students, Della says, “we try to educate them on whatever it is we are working on” and “we like that the students take ownership and pride in what they are doing.”

Thanks to Kirsten Spooner, Program Manager for UTSA Intercultural Programs and Student Engagement, for a great turn out of student volunteers and to everyone who took part in this year’s MLK Day of Service landscaping project.