St. John’s College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has adopted a stretch of North 9th Street, just east of the main college campus, from East Madison Street to North Grand Avenue, through the City of Springfield’s Adopt-a-Street Program.

The first cleaning took place Monday, July 19 at noon. Students and faculty alike helped clear the roadway of litter and debris.

“The college is always looking to enhance our involvement in community service,” said Cheryl Pope, MSN, RN, assistant professor at St. John’s College of Nursing. “Working in health care is a calling and a service to one’s community. We want our students to be empathetic and caring outside the clinical setting as well.”

The street cleaning will qualify as community service hours for students who participate. Once a St. John’s College of Nursing student reaches enough service hours, they earn a community cord upon graduation as recognition of their volunteer commitments outside the classroom.

“We are so proud of our students and faculty who volunteered their time to clean 9th Street today,” said Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN, chancellor of St. John’s College. “The college not only helps bring talented nurses into our community, but it also brings students and faculty to Springfield who genuinely care about the cities and communities in which they work.”

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The Adopt-a-Street program recognizes volunteers who keep the city’s roadways free from litter and debris. Individuals, community groups, business owners, schools, churches, and service clubs are invited to participate. At least a half-mile of an approved city street must be adopted for at least one year, and cleanups must be conducted three times per year. Adoptions are renewed annually. If you are interested in adopting a street in Springfield, visit

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