Carleton's annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale raised a whopping $31,923 over the weekend, with proceeds of approximately $10,600 being given to each the Northfield Special Olympics, Project Friendship, and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key). "We had a record year...despite our challenging circumstances," noted Kelly Scheuerman, Program Director for Civic Engagement Pathways. The popular annual sale typically takes place during Carleton's reunion weekend, but this year's event was postponed due to campus flooding caused by the Cannon River.
As in previous years, the West Gym was filled with donated belongings from Carleton’s student body. Items on sale included clothing and seasonal gear, books, sporting goods, household items, furniture, bedding, electronics and much more. The College's Center for Community and Civic Engagement encourages students to donate to Lighten Up!, not only because of the money raised in support of area non-profits, but because donating goods is an excellent means of recycling.