08/22/2014 08:17 AM
BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, Aug. 23, an anticipated 900 LSU and LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School students, faculty and staff will engage in community service projects in 15 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 2013, 773 students, faculty and staff volunteered for a combined 3,092 hours of service. Based on early registration numbers, LSU’s 2014 volunteers will have an economic impact of an estimated $90,821 according to the Independent Sector’s hourly economic value of volunteers in Louisiana.
East Baton Rouge Parish School District Superintendent Bernard Taylor, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and LSU Student Government President Clay Tufts will welcome 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.
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.
The event is coordinated by Volunteer LSU, an organization of LSU Campus Life. Hosts include LSU Office of the President and Chancellor, LSU Career Services, LSU Honors College, LSU Residential Life, LSU First Year Experience, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Campus Federal Credit Union, City Year, Volunteers in Public Schools and Aramark Facility Services.
Aramark Facility Services, the maintenance provider for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, will provide lunches for all volunteers as well as paint, tools and supplies for the day's work.
“Malcolm X said that education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Community Bound is a way for me to help LSU students understand that no matter what differences we have, LSU students can assist in preparing students from East Baton Rouge parish for their future through education, the most effective passport to a successful life,” said John Myles, sociology senior and the 2014 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, particularly during this academic year, the 20th anniversary for the document.
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.
MEDIA NOTE: East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and LSU Student Government President Clay Tufts will meet the group on campus at the LSU Union Theater and provide words of encouragement for the day at 8:30 a.m. Immediately following, Taylor, King, Tufts, LSU Provost Stuart Bell, LSU Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Enrollment Kurt Keppler and Aramark Vice President Terrance Ransfer are scheduled to serve at McKinley High School, 800 East McKinley Street.
Contact Margo Jolet
LSU Campus Life
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014