MSU program aimed at increasing neighborliness

By SCOTT PHELAN/Montana State News

 According to a Montana State University News release, “A team of volunteers will deliver ‘good neighbor bags’ on behalf of the Good Neighbor Committee on Saturday, April 5.”

“The campaign will drop 400 bags on doorsteps near Westridge Meadows in Bozeman,” according to Chelsea Schmidt the director of the Good Neighbor Committee.

Westridge Meadows is located near the area for the planned controversial building of a new student housing apartment complex.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that the new housing project, “got an enthusiastic thumbs up from the Bozeman City Commission on Monday, Feb. 3.”

Schmidt commented that the location of this month’s “good neighbor bags” has nothing to do with the new apartment complex. She went on to say, “This area has been on our list for awhile.”

According to MSU news, the bags will include “tips on how to be a good neighbor, a community event calendar, contact information for places to accept furniture donations, and a streamline bus schedule.”

The Good Neighbor Committee is a Bozeman committee comprised by several different organizations.

Some of the organizations comprising the committee are: “Montana State University, Associated Students of MSU, the City of Bozeman, Peak Property Management, The Downtown Bozeman Association, and First Security Bank,” according to MSU news.

This month’s theme is meant to “remind people to be good neighbors of our environment,” said Schmidt.

Sawyer Kesselheim, a Montana State University student currently living in the Westridge area said, “I understand why people wouldn’t want a new housing complex to be built.”

“It’s a quiet area now, and surely a new student housing complex would change that dynamic. Perhaps the good neighbor bags will influence peoples feelings on the new complex, but it seems unlikely,” said Kesselheim.

-Edited by Elizabeth Johnson

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