As part of the annual "Make a Difference Day," several Pace University students spent a Saturday giving back to the community.
In Mount Pleasant, a group of 20 students geared up at Opperman's Pond on Route 117 to work alongside the Pleasantville Garden Club in cleaning up the area.
"The Mount Pleasant Parks Department dumped compost at Opperman’s Pond," said Dr. Dorothee Von Huene-Greenberg, a Pace professor and Garden Club member.
The students used gardening tools to spread the compost around and plant daffodills at the site.
"Everyone was terrific," said Greenberg. "It was truly a four-way collaboration: Mount Pleasant Parks Department, the Pleasantville Garden Club, Pace University students and staff and the glorious weather."
Steve Mott of the town's parks department dropped off the compost, along with wheelbarrows, gloves, shovels, rakes, saws and trowels.
Garden Club members including Greenberg, Mary Hagenbuch, Jo DiCostanza, Lois Lorusso and Mary Law contributed to the day's efforts and oversaw the students' work.
In addition to planting, the group cleaned up fallen debris from around the pond and even found a local fisherman who offered to take the branches off their hands.
"There is still lots to be done, so everyone would like us all to come back next year!" said Greenberg.