Students from the Class of 2013, Wittenberg faculty and staff and student coordinators from the Office of Community Service will work at several different service locations in the Springfield community from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Lunch will be provided on Alumni Way prior to a send-off that includes an address from Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies Warren Copeland, who is also Springfield's mayor.
The inaugural New Student Service Plunge in 2008 was a huge success with more than 90 students, faculty and staff members participating. Together, they painted and cleaned a building that became the Habitat for Humanity Restore, cleaned graffiti-covered walls in the downtown, cleaned and landscaped the Warder Literacy Center, and landscaped houses in the South Fountain Historical Neighborhood.
"We see this as the first of many opportunities for the new students to engage the community in which they are going to spend at least the next four years of their lives," said Stephanie Rines, Wittenberg class of 2008, and her alma mater's AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2009-10 school year.
To register, Wittenberg students, faculty and staff can log on to the Office of Community Service Web site or call the office at (937) 327-7523, starting Wednesday, Aug. 19. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot early.
Written by: Ryan Maurer
Photo by: Erin Pence
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