SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The entire freshman class of LeMoyne College completed their first assignment on Saturday before the semester even began. About 700 students took part in Operation POP, or Preserve Our Parks.
The group worked together to clean up Syracuse City Parks. They cleared trails, trimmed bushes, and picked up trash.
It's a requirement of freshman orientation, and organizers say it leaves a lasting impact on the community.
"The goal is to give the park association a shot in the arm with the help that they need, because most park associations don't have the man power, and we know that our city is a little strapped for money. So it's our way of helping the city, the parks, and the neighborhoods," said Mike Behnke, Syracuse Parks Conservancy President.
This marked the third year of the partnership between the college and Syracuse Parks Conservancy.