Feb. 22, 2013
The scope of this spring's Service Saturday has expanded to allow students a chance to work with other community volunteers.
"The college has partnered with a number of local agencies to participate in a service project designed to demonstrate the importance of taking ownership and giving back to the community where you live," said Dr. Marc Shook, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Engagement.
"On March 16, we hope to have more than 150 LaGrange College students, faculty and staff join forces with other LaGrange residents to assist in a large-scale Lafayette Parkway Beautification Project."
From 9 a.m. until noon, teams will be dispatched to different sections of the parkway to establish fresh mulch rings and put down fresh pine straw around trees that line the roadway.
Jan Nelson with Troup Alive and Green is helping coordinate the project.
"When the parkway was built, the Callaway Foundation provided funding to have the trees planted," she said. "But they are in need of some love, especially with the big Bassmaster Tournament coming back to town this year."
She will have a group of students from Springwood School in Lanett, Ala., working the weekend of March 9 to count the trees and mark them so Nelson can plan where to send volunteers the next weekend.
"I hope to have 10 people to a team," she said. "It won't be hard work, and it should go fairly quickly if we have a good turnout."
Nelson asked people to supply their own work gloves and shovels, if possible.
"We have some, but it would be great if we had so many people show up that we need more," she said.
College volunteers are asked to gather at 8:30 a.m. behind Henry Hall. Shuttle buses will be available to take them to the staging area at the All-Pro Honda dealership.
Dr. Shook said he hopes to have a large group sign up for the event.
"As you can imagine, there will be multiple sites and multiple teams, so a large number of volunteers is crucial," he said. "This is an excellent opportunity for classes, teams and organizations. You can sign up individually at www.lagrange.edu/communityservice. Large groups are encouraged to contact Dynasty Battest, Coordinator of Multicultural Programming and Service Initiatives, at email@example.com.
Other groups partnering for this event include Habitat for Humanity, Keep Troup Beautiful, Troup County Parks and Recreation, City of LaGrange, Springwood School, Troup Alive and Green, Aramark, Chic-fil-A and All Pro Auto.