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Students roll up their sleeves for agencies

Sept. 20, 1996

Jennifer Paschal/ The LariatElizabeth Harris, an Atlanta, Ga., sophomore, makes courtesy calls for State Representative candidate Jim Dunnam. Many Baylor students are active in volunteer programs throughout the Waco community.

by Kristin Nelson

Lariat Reporter

On a typical weekday one can find Baylor students doing many different things after class. There are students lounging by the pool, working at an after school job, interning in a local business, playing any number of intramural sports or even occasionally studying.

But another aspect of Baylor involvement that sometimes gets overlooked is service. According to Kate Spence, Coordinator of Community Service, over 60,000 hours of service are completed by Baylor students every year. At Baylor, students take part in everything from environmental beautification to acting as tutors and mentors for children. Many organizations on campus have service partnerships with Waco non-profit groups, giving organization members an opportunity to be involved with one service project consistently.

In recent years, the service segment of Baylor Student Activities has offered many new ways for service involvement, such as the new Community Action Network (CAN). CAN allows students an opportunity to serve in a group setting without pledgeship or costly dues.

The Adopt-a-School program in conjunction with Waco Independent School Districts, provides opportunities for Baylor students to speak in University High School classes, and in turn, University High School students assist the Baylor campus with special events and programs.

Baylor's most popular and recognizable service project is Steppin' Out. Steppin' Out is held once a semester and involves over 2,500 students working together all over the community on various projects.

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