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CEA Students Clean San Lorenzo Square in Florence

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Nine CEA Florence students volunteered last week with the CEA Volunteer Project “Angeli del Bello: Help Us Clean Up the City!!”

The Angeli del Bello dedicate some of their free time to taking care of the city through many different activities organized in cooperation with the project promoters and CEA staff. Every group of “Angels” chooses the location they will work within the city and activities they perform, using tools and uniforms provided by the organization.

CEA volunteers have adopted San Lorenzo Square, in the heart of historic Florence and a regular meeting place for many locals. The square is hosts city’s Central Market, and with all of the daily activity in the area, the square gets really dirty. Through this outreach project, CEA students were given the opportunity to connect with Italian and Florentine culture in a profound way: they spoke with curious Italian passers-by, and many stopped to simply say “Bravi, bravi!” when the students explained what they were doing.

For a couple hours, they were not perceived as tourists that create and leave trash behind them, but instead as students who take care of a place they respect and to which they feel an increasing sense of belonging.

Last week's event marked their first meeting, where students had the opportunity to meet Angela D’Amico, President of the association Insieme per San Lorenzo (“Together for San Lorenzo”). The association contributes to the sustainable revitalization and redevelopment of cultural, environmental, economic and social situation in the District of San Lorenzo. Pleased with students' volunteer efforts, D’Amico has requested further cooperation.

CEA student volunteers will return to the San Lorenzo Square to clean up on March 25th and April 4th. Our Angeli del Bello will continue to contribute to maintain Florence’s beauty - and to celebrate their efforts with cappuccini!
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