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Wittenberg Concludes Inauguration Festivities With Service Event

September 8, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Members of the Wittenberg community are headed to five service sites on Saturday, Sept. 8, partnering once again with the innovative Springfield Promise Neighborhood.

Springfield, Ohio – A week of celebratory activities surrounding the inauguration of Dr. Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., as the 14th president of Wittenberg University culminates with a community service event titled “Celebrating New Beginnings: Day of Service and Celebration” on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Since community service is central to the university’s mission, it is fitting that a week of events celebrating all dimensions of student life ends with a day of service in the community. Work will take place at five different sites throughout the community, including a neighborhood beautification project at Lincoln Elementary School’s Commemorative Garden, from 1-4 p.m.

The event will start with an orientation session at Wittenberg’s Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning at noon. From there, participants will ride buses to their service sites.

“Celebrating New Beginnings: Day of Service and Celebration” is a partnership between Wittenberg’s Community Service Office and Springfield’s Promise Neighborhood, a comprehensive, collaborative commitment to ensuring that children succeed academically. Promise Neighborhood was inspired by New York-based social activist and educator Geoffrey Canada, who created the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in New York City.

The day will conclude with a celebration dinner, program and talent show, also at Lincoln Elementary, from 4:30-6 p.m.

Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence

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