LSU Students Volunteer in East Baton Rouge Schools to Kick Off the School Year
LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander to join close to 1,000 volunteers to participate in Community Bound on Aug. 24
BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, Aug. 24, an anticipated 1,000 students, faculty and staff will engage in community service projects in 18 area schools. The projects are part of the annual Volunteer LSU Community Bound Program, a day of service primarily for first-year students to address the needs of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District and the local community. In 2012, 661 students, faculty and staff volunteered for a combined 2,644 hours of service.
East Baton Rouge Parish School District Deputy Superintendent Michael Haggen and LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander will welcome the students at 8:30 a.m. in the LSU Student Union Theater. From there, students will be transported to public schools across Baton Rouge to complete projects such as painting, organizing and cleaning.
City Year Baton Rouge and Volunteers In Public Schools, or VIPS, are teaming up with Volunteer LSU this year to offer additional services to the schools, including creating private reading nooks in some of the classrooms and hosting a back to school fair for students at the schools where City Year has a presence.
Community Bound seeks to construct positive relationships among students, faculty and staff, as well as Baton Rouge community members. The program challenges students to think critically about community issues, particularly education and solutions to address them.
Community Bound is coordinated by Volunteer LSU, an organization of LSU Campus Life, and hosts include LSU Office of the Chancellor; LSU Career Services; LSU Honors College; LSU Center for Community Engagement Learning and Leadership; LSU First Year Experience; East Baton Rouge Parish Schools; Campus Federal Credit Union; and Aramark Facility Services. The day is made possible through financial sponsorships from Burbank Commons, U Club Cottages, The Cottages of Baton Rouge, University Crescent and Aramark Facility Services.
“Community Bound has been the perfect culmination of my passion for education and service. It has truly been an honor to work hand-in-hand with other student leaders through Volunteer LSU, to be supported and guided through every step by an amazing Camus Life staff, to be given the chance make a lasting impact on Baton Rouge,” said Matt Landrieu, elementary education senior and the 2013 Community Bound student chair.
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 assistance.
“Community Bound, Volunteer LSU’s biggest project of the year, showcases Campus Life’s devotion to service by engaging first-year students in local schools. Before LSU’s classes officially begin, student volunteers are able to reflect on their educational experiences and give back to the greater Baton Rouge community,” said Morgan Matchett, mathematics senior and 2013 Volunteer LSU student director.
Media Note: Haggen and Alexander will meet the group on campus at the LSU Union Theater and provide words of encouragement for the day at 8:30 a.m. Haggen, Alexander, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell, and Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Enrollment Kurt Keppler are scheduled to be at Baton Rouge FLAIM Elementary School, located at 802 Mayflower Street, at 9:15 a.m. They are scheduled to visit Highland Elementary School, located at 280 Sunset Boulevard, at 10:10 a.m. Lastly, they will visit Magnolia Woods Elementary School, located at 760 Maxine Drive, at 11 a.m.