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Phi Kaps Get Hands Dirty for Nature

Wednesday, December 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
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lewis122015AThis past weekend, brothers from the University of Illinois and Lewis University teamed up to restore part of a nature trail at Lewis, just south of Chicago.

The site, once home to a community dump, is in the process of being restored to its natural habitat.

The brothers cared for young trees by clearing weeds and installing fresh mulch, while removing tires and old metal scraps. They also planted two new trees of their own (blackhaw viburnum) and installed tags that read "Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity."

The Fraternity's effort left an impact on Jaclyn Boyle, a University employee who supervised the event. "It was very uplifting to see everyone come out ready and excited to work out on the trail. They made a tremendous impact in restoring the area to its natural glory."

The physical labor allowed brothers to work off their Thanksgiving meals and bond with one another.

"I feel like we did everything we were supposed to and made a good impression on the school,"
said Adam Sadek (Lewis, '18), who coordinated the event with Lewis University's Sustainability Office.

lewis122015BAdam hopes to get more Phi Kaps involved in the schools efforts surrounding Earth Day in April 2016.

"Service is what our Fraternity does best," said Stephen Lee, staff member of Phi Kappa Theta. "These young men got their hands and shoes dirty to give back to the community. And of course, the Illinois Beta Delta brothers showed strong support by traveling to Romeoville and helping out."

Special thanks to Lewis University’s Sustainability office for providing supervision, guidance, tools and trees for this event.

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