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9/11 Day of Service Re-Cap

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Sep 17, 2014
by Dalton Hoffer

The day started in the University Center with an opening ceremony lead by site Leaders Stephanie Lawson and Taley Strickland.  They shared with us the impact the events of 9/11 had on our nation.  Volunteers were then led by Nygel Robinson (CCE Civic Engagement Assistant) in the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.  Jay Blouser, Director of the Office for Sustainability, then shared the importance of the projects we were doing on campus and how it not only impacts the environment, but our UNCP community.  He also shared the goal for UNCP to become the 2nd UNC system school to join Tree Campus USA by the next school year.  In efforts of this goal, we will be doing more tree planting projects in the future.  Volunteers led by 11 UNCP Site Leaders worked on several different projects including tree planting on the UC Lawn behind GPAC, gardening and repairing garden beds in the campus garden, beatification work around the UC and outdoor patio area, and a variety of maintenance and yard work at Pine Cottage.

At the end of the service day, site leaders led a reflection with volunteers at the service sites.  Each volunteer was given a card and asked to write a word that described their day of service experience.  Each volunteer shared their word and how that word described their experience.  On the other side of the card volunteers were asked to write their age on 9/11/2001.  Student volunteers shared how the 9/11 events have impacted their lives until now.  Sharing volunteer reflections highlighted the importance of day of service and enabled student to develop shared communities through the service experience.  Due to the high percentage of expected rain, volunteers gathered in the café for lunch rather than having a cookout at Pine Cottage after the service.