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Maryville College alumni clean up campus during Kin Takahashi Week

When the event started in 1997, only 25 people participated. This year, organizers say there will be more than 110.

More than one hundred Maryville College alumni are cleaning up the campus this week.

It's part of Kin Takahashi Week 2018. The event's founder Dan Greaser says it's all about honoring a classmate's legacy.

He says beautification is important to attracting new students and faculty and now, current students at Maryville College are getting involved.

They started a weekend where they do their own service projects.

"A lot of them don't have a lot of funds especially when they're young, but they have time and talent and so they come back and help out," said Dan Greaser, Founder of Kin Takahashi Week.

Greaser says since the event started more than 20 years ago, the campus looks much better. During the week, alumni will help with landscaping and painting and stay in the dorms.

When the event started in 1997, only 25 people participated. This year, Greaser says there will be more than 110.