Ship students picked up shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows and got to work at Shippensburg Station and along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail for a ShipServes project. ShipServes, organized through the Office of Community Engagement, is Ship’s service learning program that connects students, faculty, and staff with local service projects in an effort to make a difference in the surrounding community.

“We’re taking out some various invasive plants and cleaning up the landscape to make it pretty for our students and members of the community,” explained freshman and Downingtown High School East graduate Brian Lefko.

“This is a trail that everyone uses, so we want to make sure that it is safe and pretty to look at and everyone can get the most out of it,” sophomore and Mechanicsburg High School graduate Lael Thomas added.

Thirty students worked along the trail clearing overgrowth and invasive plants. In addition, students helped to spread gravel in the parking area located at the CVRT trail head and Shippensburg Station, a multi-use event space which is home to the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum.