Community members work to revitalize the 12 Points area

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For some, the 12 Points area in Terre Haute holds great significance. While the area may not be what it once was, the community members who are a part of the 12 Points Revitalization Initiative are looking to change that.

“This group basically got started a month and a half ago with two people who were going throughout the 12 Points area and cleaning up,” said Garri Knezevich, member of the 12 Points Revitalization Initiative.

What started as two people cleaning up their community has risen to around 70. Today, the 12 Points Revitalization Initiative received extra help from international students at ISU. Kylie Carrithers, with the Interlink Language Center on ISU’s campus, says this opportunity gives international students the chance to give back while learning more themselves.

“It gives them an opportunity to see more of the city that they might not of noticed. It gives them the opportunity to give back and get to know some community members that they might not have met otherwise,” Carrithers said.

With ISU’s proximity to the 12 Points area, Knezevich says that the community appreciates the help from students.

“It’s great to see ISU involved. Isu is very close, the campus is getting closer to the 12 Points area, we hope that this will be a future place for them to come to,” Knezevich said.

While picking up trash was the goal Saturday, it’s not the only improvement that the 12 Points Revitalization initiative is looking to make. Knezevich says the group also hopes to bring more business and activities to the 12 Points area.

The next 12 Points clean up is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th.

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