Steppin' Out Service Project to Take Place March 24

March 23, 2007

by Katie Brooks, student newswriter, (254) 710-1961

Baylor University students, staff and faculty will participate in Steppin' Out, the biannual university-wide, community-wide day of service Saturday, March 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at various locations in the Waco community.

Now in its 21st year, the event will involve more than 3,000 students from a variety of organizations. Students will aid the community by painting houses, planting flowers, sorting clothes, picking up trash and even providing a carnival for neighborhood children.

The day will conclude with a Celebration of Service on campus which will offer food and entertainment to volunteer participants.

The department of student activities sponsors the event that is recognized nationally for its commitment to service. Steppin' Out is one of the largest community service projects on an American college campus.

A 13-member student steering committee works year-round to plan and organize volunteers and facilities for the days of service, which take place once each semester.

Steppin' Out strives to enhance student involvement in community service and attain community awareness, interaction, and collaboration between Baylor University and the Waco community. Steppin' Out seeks to provide opportunities for experiential learning, civic leadership and social responsibility.

For more information about Steppin' Out, contact the steering committee at (254) 710-3199.

STEPPIN' OUT SITE LOCATIONS:

• 4001 Parrott St., two student groups will volunteer at this paint site.

• 3121 Liveoak Ave, one group will volunteer at this paint site.

• The Sunny Day Center at 2714 Old Dallas Road, service will include painting and cleaning a bus, organizing a shed and planting flowers.

• West Avenue Elementary, a student group will help with the school garden.

• Caritas of Waco, groups will help sort clothes and organize racks.

• The Mayborn Museum, a group will replant grass and set flagstone at the facility.

• The City of Waco Parks and Recreation and Keep Waco Beautiful has provided several sites at parks around the city repainting, cleaning and picking up trash.

• Calvary Baptist Church at 1001 N. 18-A, three student groups will help at a Carnival for neighborhood children.

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