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Students ring in Spring with day of service

March 24, 1997

Students ring in the Spring with day of service

By Jennifer Paschal / The Baylor Lariat

Members of the 'Steppin Out' Steering Committee prepare sodas for students who volunteered on Saturday as part of the 'Steppin' Out' event.

By Kristin Nelson

Lariat Staff Writer

Steppin' Out, the University's widely participated in day of service, took place Saturday, with more than 2,700 student participants.

Individual students and those in campus organizations were assigned service jobs throughout Waco and the surrounding area.

The day's events began with participants meeting at the Bill Daniel Student Center for assignments, tools and directions to their sites. University President, Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr., gave a morning devotional to the group before all headed separate directions.

'The devotional was a great way to start off the morning,' said Lynn Wayner, a New York City senior and public relations chair for the Steppin' Out Steering Committee. 'President Sloan gave a powerful message about us performing God's work through our service to the community.'

According to Steering Committee co-chair, Melissa Province, a Llano senior, much of Saturday's success was due to an ample amount of supplies for each group. Student Congress recently allocated $1,800 of the Student Life Fund for the Steppin' Out project.

Province said that this money allowed them to buy more supplies that helped at the job sites and allowed the committee to purchase large equipment, such as wheelbarrows for this year and future use.

Students worked at the job sites from 9 a.m. until noon and were then invited back to the BDSC for a 'Celebration of Service,' consisting of free food and musical entertainment by 'Tumble Dry Low.'

The food,served picnic style, was donated by local restaurants and eateries.

'We had a phenomenal turn-out for the Celebration of Service,' Province said. 'Most of the food was gone within an hour.'

Steppin' Out is in its 12th year as a University sponsored event and is celebrating great success with its newest edition, the 'Celebration of Service,' which concludes the day's activities.

The program was recently recognized by the City of Waco with an 'Official Proclamation' as a day of service.

This year's program was also recognized by the Texas State Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board as a Texas Star Program. The program was nominated by the Waco Center for Youth, and Steering Committee members will be accepting the award at a ceremony in Lubbock next month.

Co-director applications for next year's Steppin' Out Steering Committee will be available next month, and committee member applications will be available in the fall.

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