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Cleaning Up Rock Spring Park: Students Make Spring a Time of Renewal and Remembrance

Monday, March 29, 2010
For the fifth year, Marymount University students have honored the memory of fellow Marymount students who have died with a Remembrance Day clean up of Rock Spring Park (5010 Little Falls Road) in Arlington.

While March 28 dawned grey and chilly, everyone soon warmed up with the camaraderie and exercise of pulling weeds and laying mulch together. The students coordinated their efforts with the Rock Spring Garden Club, and Club members were on hand to direct what needed to be done. The Arlington Park Department provided the mulch.

Also present were Bill and Linda Howard, parents of Tara Howard '09, who was killed in a car accident in January 2006. Tara was dedicated to helping others, and Remembrance Day was established by her classmates as a day of service to Marymount's neighbors. By cleaning up Rock Spring Park, they paid tribute to her memory and to the memory of other members of the Marymount community who have died. While the class of 2009 has now graduated, this special day of service is a tradition that is carried forward. Rock Spring Garden Club member Margaret Clarkson thanked the Marymount students, saying, "We are always so grateful to you for all your wonderful help."
All photos by Victoria Motsay
Photo 1 - Senior Julie Stewart (left), an Interior Design major, and senior Chris Bowen, a Politics major and president of Marymount's Student Government Association, clean up a flower bed.

Photo 2 - Wearing shirts in memory of classmates who have died in recent years, Marymount students find comfort in working together to beautify the neighborhood park.

Photo 3 - Bill Howard (right), father of Tara, mans the mulch wheelbarrow as many hands make the work go quickly.

Photo 4 - Smiles all around when the work is done.