Wittenberg Community Prepares For 10th Annual Celebrate Service
Published April 8, 2011
Springfield, Ohio –Wittenberg students, faculty and staff are teaming up with Springfield community members to make the university’s 10th annual Celebrate Service event on Saturday, April 16, the biggest and best yet.
Led by student-organizers Elizabeth Tackett, class of 2012 from Barberton, Ohio, Melanie Muszelik, class of 2012 from Baltimore, Md., and Maria Schneider, class of 2011 from Lewis Center, Ohio, with support from the rest of the staff, Wittenberg’s Office of Community Service has organized a program to direct an anticipated 100 participants, who will branch out to five locations across the community to participate in service projects. The 2011 theme is “Service is Good” and organizers are working hard to ensure that the participants’ efforts will have an impact on one particular aspect of the local community.
“We will provide many organizations with the helping hands they need to turn an idea into a reality or to transform a space into something more visually appealing,” said Director of Community Service Kristen Collier.
Celebrate Service participants have five different service areas to choose from in which they will be engaged in clean-up efforts and the creation and upkeep of different community gardens. Students will head to the South Fountain neighborhood, George Rogers Clark Historic Park, Catholic Charities, Lincoln Elementary School and to various locations throughout Springfield to assist with the Springfield in Bloom initiative, which is part of the nationwide America in Bloom contest. Participants will help committee members prepare areas in Springfield for judging that will take place this summer.
“We are very excited to be working with so many different sites this year,” Tackett said. “We hope participants will be able to see the immediate results of their efforts while working alongside many community leaders.”
Space is limited at each site. Students, faculty and staff members can register at http://www.wittenberg.edu/communityservice.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence