First-Year LSU Students Start Year Off by Serving Community
About 750 volunteers to participate in Community Bound on Aug. 18
BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, Aug. 18, an anticipated 750 students, faculty and staff will engage in community service projects in 10 area schools, as well as the Old Lutheran Cemetery. The projects are part of the annual Volunteer LSU Community Bound Program, a day of service for primarily first-year students to address the needs of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District and the local community. In 2011, 520 students, faculty and staff participated.
Interim LSU System President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins, East Baton Rouge Parish School District Superintendent Bernard Taylor and LSU Student Government President Richmond “Taylor” Cox will welcome the students at 9:30 a.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. From there, students will be transported to the schools, which include Robert E. Lee High School, Westdale Middle, Glasgow Middle School, Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (BR FLAIM), Wildwood Elementary School, Magnolia Woods Elementary School, Wedgewood Elementary School, Westminster Elementary School and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet Elementary School. This year, is the first year students will also be volunteering at the Old Lutheran Cemetery, near BREC’s City-Brooks Community Park.
Community Bound seeks to construct positive relationships amongst students, faculty and staff, as well as Baton Rouge community members. The program aims to challenge students to think critically about community issues and solutions to address them.
Community Bound is coordinated by Volunteer LSU, a part of LSU Campus Life, and sponsors include LSU Career Services; LSU Honors College; LSU Greek Life; LSU Center for Community Engagement Learning and Leadership; LSU Community University Partnership; LSU First Year Experience; Campus Federal Credit Union and ARAMARK Facility Services. The day is made possible through the generous contributions of Jason’s Deli and LSU Facility Services.
In 1995, LSU adopted a formal Commitment to Community Statement that charges LSU community members to contribute positively to the life of the campus and the surrounding area. Community Bound gives incoming first-year students the opportunity to immediately support LSU’s Commitment to Community.
Since 2006, Volunteer LSU’s mission has been to establish volunteerism as a part of campus culture and the university experience, in turn instilling within students a lifelong commitment to service. In order to fulfill its mission, Volunteer LSU brings students, faculty and staff together; alerts them to meaningful service opportunities; and allows them to make their mark on the community. Volunteer LSU serves as the clearinghouse for both those who are interested in helping out and for those who need volunteer help.
Media Note: Jenkins, Taylor and Cox will meet the group on campus at the LSU Union Theater and provide words of encouragement for the day at 9:30 a.m. Volunteer LSU Student Director Morgan Armstrong will also welcome the volunteers. Taylor, Cox and Armstrong are scheduled to be at Baton Rouge FLAIM Elementary School, located at 802 Mayflower St., at 10:15 a.m. They are also scheduled to appear at Robert E. Lee High School, located at 2000 College Drive, at 11:15 a.m.