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Iowa State “Pay It Foward” club in North Platte

Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful
Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 12:19 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Dozens of students from Iowa State University traveled to North Platte Saturday as part of their Pay It Forward club. They spent the morning picking up trash behind Riverside Plaza. This effort is aided by Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful.

The students are on their first stop of a seven day and seven stop trip that will see them clean up seven different communities with the final stop being Salt Lake City. This tour has been going on for five years and those involved are very happy that they get to help so many people.

“We have about 32 participants with us this year,” said Pay It Forward Treasurer Nathan Hamel. “We are very excited because last year the trip did not get to happen. With every city we stop in, we do a volunteer project. It’s a good chance for people to get to travel.”

“In high school, I volunteered at lot,” said Iowa State sophomore Trinity Shirk. “So I was like this was something I could definitely do. This trip came up and I was like this could be really fun to do and learn how to volunteer in different places.”

Hamel has been involved with Pay It Forward for four years and also credits a great relationship with Keep North Platte and Lincoln County Beautiful for keeping the event going following a 2020 hiatus due to the pandemic.

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