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COFC students dash through Charleston streets, collecting not pounds, but tons of trash

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the 12th year, College of Charleston students hit the streets of downtown Charleston in a dash for trash.

This year's event saw 22 teams, each with ten members, scouring the streets for cigarette butts, bottles, even old tires, all while racking up points in the scavenger-like contest.

Dash for Trash is a collective effort between the College of Charleston Center for Civic Engagement, and the City of Charleston's Keep Charleston Beautiful.

Allyson Elrod-Bloom, an AmeriCorps Vista and co-organizer of the event, says the dash is the perfect marriage between service and education.

"From the College of Charleston end, you have 200 college students dedicating, 9 o'clock to 2 o'clock in the afternoon to go do service in the community," she said.

"Then on the environmental end, our students usually collect about two tons of trash."

Throughout the day, students tracked their progress using tally sheets, with a designated number of points for various items collected.

Examples include two points per car tire collected, five points per full garbage bag of trash, and a whopping 15 points, for one full brown lunch bag of dog "litter."

"It feels really great," added CofC student Edwin Leyva. 

"Just to show the community that college kids definitely take part in helping out the community."

After hours of collecting trash, students sorted recyclable items into a separate container.

Dash for Trash also includes an educational component, where students complete various team activities, along with 20-minutes of guided reflection.

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