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Fall Semester Day of Service scheduled for September 18

Posted by Judy Korn on Friday, Sep. 10, 2010

The Office of Community Engagement will host a Fall Semester Day of Service to give students an opportunity to learn about and give back to the regional community.

The service day will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010. Students will choose one of eight projects that address community needs at a variety of agencies. Community partners include Grandview Apartments, Habitat for Humanity, Prairie Horizons Farm, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, The Salvation Army, Someplace Safe, the Stevens County Food Shelf, the Morris Theatre, and West Wind Village. Students will be doing projects ranging from selling items for a fundraiser to coordinating a Bingo game for elders to helping with a harvest at a sustainable family farm.

Students will convene on the top floor of the Dining Hall at noon. They will choose their project and meet with their small groups over lunch. Student leaders will provide background information about each agency and the social issues each agency addresses. They will also receive pre-service training needed for them to be successful on site. Lunch is provided free of charge to students who participate.

Students will then go to their sites and spend about four hours providing service to the agency they have selected. At the end of the day, students will meet at East Side Park for a meal and reflection on their work. Supper will be provided free of charge to students who do not have a campus meal plan. The rain site is the Otter Tail Power Community Room.

To register, students should contact the Office of Community Engagement by calling 320-589-6276. Please include your name, e-mail address, and phone number in the message. Students are welcome to attend even if they are not pre-registered, but pre-registration will help with planning for the event.

The Office of Community Engagement seeks to engage members of the broader community and students, faculty, and staff in meaningful, reciprocal course-based and co-curricular partnerships that meet identified community needs advance the campus mission, learning outcomes, and key campus priorities and work toward more vibrant, just, and inclusive communities.