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Be a part of Spartan Service Day Aug. 22

Photo from past service day of students making care packagesStudents, faculty and staff are invited to register and participate in 2015 Spartan Service Day.

It will be a great opportunity to start the year making an impact in our community while also meeting and working with fellow Spartans.

The 2015 Spartan Service Day will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

A few things are new this year:

  1. The UNCG Office of Leadership & Service Learning has recruited student site leaders for each community project on the morning of August 22. Most of these are last year’s LeaderShape participants, Hunger + Homelessness Awareness week planning committee members, Make a Difference House mentors, and Service Trip leaders. Site Leaders for this day will be trained to register and welcome their groups, provide their groups with an overview of their organization and project, meet our community partner contact on site, and lead a reflection on the mornings service for the group upon return to campus.
  2. This year the office is bringing all groups back to campus at 1:30 pm.. for lunch and a reflection. This reflection is part activity/part discussion that will be facilitated by student site leaders. The purpose of this reflection is to help students make meaning of their morning’s service. They’ll understand ways they can get more involved to make a positive difference in our community, and become more knowledgeable about Greensboro and the community issue they came into contact with.
  3. They’re allowing folks to sign up as groups, whether that is an on-campus program that wants to serve together, or just a few new friends. This will likely boost participation rates.

There’ll be 15 community projects, with 15 different community partners. Some examples:

  • Greensboro Children’s Museum – supporting children’s learning and development by organizing/cleaning equipment and gardening in the Edible Schoolyard behind the museum.
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – participants will be assisting with yard and home maintenance at homes of families living with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spring Arbor of Greensboro – visiting with older adults and leading craft activities
  • Downtown Greenway – Public beautification and garden maintenance of a quarter-mile section of the Downtown Greenway called Morehead Park. This section includes a garden named by an anonymous donor in honor of former Chancellor Patricia Sullivan.
  • Society of St. Andrew – addressing food waste by bagging gleaned potatoes for donation to local food pantries
  • Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center – support therapy programs for individuals with disabilities by helping with maintenance and beautification of the facility.

Register and learn more at http://olsl.uncg.edu/students/community-service/short-term-service/spartan-service-day/

Those with questions may contact Kristina Snader, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, UNCG Office of Leadership and Service Learning.