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2007.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

National and Global Youth Service Day Set for April 21

Omaha - Hundreds of local students will gather Saturday, April 21, to clean four city parks to launch Omaha’s first National and Global Youth Service Day.

Students from Western Hills Elementary School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be cleaning Elmwood, Memorial, Fontenelle and Benson parks with the help of Keep Omaha Beautiful.

“This is the beginning of an annual event,” said Kathe Oleson, a lecturer from the UNO American Humanics Program.  “We are honored to be collaborating with Western Hills Magnet Center in meaningful service to the community.” 

Service Day events will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at Western Hills  Elementary, 6523 Western Ave.  Oleson said that students from all school districts are welcome to register.  Buses will shuttle students to and from the parks every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Interactive booths teaching the importance of recycling and conservation will be on display at Western Hills.  Ms. Frizzle, the Magic School Bus series character, will also be at the event.  The day of service will conclude with a 5 p.m. ceremony at the school.

Students participating in National and Global Youth Service Day will join youth in more than 120 countries that will also be celebrating the event.   

“This is connecting Omaha to the global event,” Oleson said.  “There are 800,000 youth across the world serving their communities and learning about conservation and the environment.”

In preparation for the event, students from the Service-Learning Academy at UNO are conducting leadership and entrepreneurial workshops for fourth, fifth and sixth grade honor students at Western Hills. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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