By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students from a local Catholic University spent their weekend cleaning up ten Philadelphia catholic elementary schools and one catholic high school.

Incoming Freshman at Immaculata University were getting to know each other as they participated in a mandatory day of service at the Philadelphia Catholic schools.

“I’m painting bathrooms; but we’re doing other stuff like sweeping, cleaning up garbage in the hallways, painting rails outside,” freshman Shawn Brofy said. “I didn’t expect to be painting bathrooms in college but it’s pretty fun.”

Leah Leddy, director of the academic success center at Immaculata University, says students split up at eleven different sites:

“And they’re with their class so they’re getting to know each other.”

Another classmate Ayreon Tooles says her group had to sweep the stairs, wipe the windows and the stairwells:

“It’s just important to give back to the community. It helps build you up as a person.”

Tooles added she enjoyed herself and met plenty of people along the way.

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