As a service fraternity, the Alpha Beta Chapter in Penn State has been involved with multiples of service events every semester. One of the most common ones is the Newspaper Initiative.
The purpose of this service event is basically to have APO brothers walk around campus collecting newspapers from different classrooms in the buildings and therefore help save the Earth by recycling them. It takes 75,000 trees to produce one day’s circulation of the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Imagine how many trees have actually been used to produce the newspapers that we read everyday. To not have the newspapers properly recycled would cause more trees to be sacrificed, and who would want that?
Today, some of APO brothers gathered around at the HUB at 6.30 pm. Nolan (our service chair) divided us into 5 groups of 6. Each group was given a map of buildings that they assigned to go to. My group decided to split in half so we could get the service done faster. Kate, Joey and I went into a total of 6 buildings and collected newspapers under the tables and chairs in all of the classrooms and lecture halls we could find. We placed them in proper recycling bins in every building and we were done at about 7.30 pm.
At the end of the day, it felt great to have been able to contribute a little bit to help save the trees and most importantly, the Earth. The Newspaper Initiative is certainly a fun service event, as not only did we get to do some good deeds but also bond with the other brothers while doing it.