A Loyola Marymount University (LMU) student has organized an afternoon of picking up debris and refreshing the landscaping at Westchester High School Saturday, April 10th.

LMU senior Avery Bean, a business major, said she volunteered to organize the Westchester High School Clean-up Day after hearing that the school was in need of some refurbishing.

“This is a big day, and a great day for Westchester High,” said Westchester High Assistant Principal Dr. Kenneth Pride. “It shows there are a lot of people who are concerned and care about our school.

“It’s also an opportunity for them to come together and spruce the place up and be proud.”

Westchester High, like many other schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, is a victim of the budget crisis that has reduced the number of custodians and funds needed for general maintenance, school officials said.

“I went to the Westchester High School campus and spoke to a few teachers, and they were really thrilled about our help” Bean said.

Bean hopes to get LMU students and faculty, as well as volunteers from the high school to join her in brightening up the campus and making it a more welcoming environment.

The volunteers will be working from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school, 7400 Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to register at www.lmu.edu/WHSvolunteer/. Walk-ups are also welcome.