Sweet Briar alumnae help to clean up campus

Sweet Briar alumnae clean up campus (WSET)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- There's a big summer spruce up going on at Sweet Briar College. It's called Sweet Works week.

One hundred and forty alumni and volunteers are on campus trimming trees, painting and sprucing up for incoming freshman.

"If we can knock out a floor a day, then we'll hit our target," said Kathy Pegues, a Sweet Briar alumna. "This is a labor of love for the students."

"It's become a tradition. Each year getting bigger and better" added Vikki Schroeder, a Sweet Briar alumna. "I'm here for the next three weeks."

And they're having a little fun while working hard.

"Coming all the way from Minnesota, this is what I plan my vacation time for." Schroeder said.

Ann Gateley came all the way from New Mexico. "I am from the class of 1970, which means I will be 70 in about eight or nine months and here I am," she exclaimed. She says it's her third year doing this. "Now I'm an expert in weed pulling," Gateley joked.

"For me I can give back to the college a lot better with my hands than I can my pocket book." said Schroeder.

"We almost lost our college. I think it's important to demonstrate the alums care," Gateley added.

Their hope is new students fall in love with the campus like they did.

"Next to marrying my husband, coming here is the best decision I ever made." Pegues said.

Sweet Works week is happening over the next three weeks. The last day of the campus cleanup is drop off day for new freshman.

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