500-Plus LSU Volunteers Make 16 Public Schools Sparkle with Soap and Elbow Grease
- August 24, 2010
About 525 student, faculty, staff and other volunteers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and Volunteer LSU sweated out the heat of the day on Saturday, August 21 to assist 16 schools throughout the East Baton Rouge Parish School System with clean-up projects. It's the 10th year for the Community Bound Service Plunge, which was led by LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, who worked at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet school. Transportation and lunch was provided to the volunteers.
Students, primarily incoming freshmen and transfer students mostly from the LSU Honors College, split into site teams that morning and headed out for spruce-up duties at several school sites in the parish: the Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts (BRCVPA), Belfair, Bernard Terrace, Buchanan, Highland, Magnolia Woods, Polk, South Boulevard, Southdowns, University Terrace and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet elementary schools; Glasgow, Mayfair and Westdale middle schools; and Baton Rouge Magnet High School and Arlington Preparatory Academy.
Community Bound is sponsored by Volunteer LSU; LSU Community-University Partnership; Campus Life; the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership; Career Services; African American Cultural Center; LSU Honors College; Campus Federal Credit Union; First Year Experience; and ARAMARK Facility Services.
In 1995, LSU adopted a formal Commitment to Community Statement that charges those in the LSU community to contribute positively to the life of the campus and the surrounding area.
In 2006, LSU students, Student Life and the LSU Student Union created Volunteer LSU. The organization’s mission is 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.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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