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2007.10.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Students Use Fall Break to Give Back to Community

Omaha - Hundreds of UNO students will forego their fall break this month to clean up the Malcolm X birth site and renovate part of the Girls, Inc. building in North Omaha.

The expected 350 students will work at the sites Oct. 20, 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students from Omaha North High School will also volunteer their time.

At Girls Inc., 2811 N. 45th St., student volunteers will paint rooms and build a stage. The students will also install blackboards and cork boards on the walls.

“We are excited about the learning opportunities when you have a student-designed and managed project like this,” said Roberta Wilhelm, executive director of Girls, Inc. “When it’s completed, our youngest members will have more space in which to learn and play. We are fortunate to be partnering with UNO for this year’s fall break project.”

At the Malcolm X birth site, students will begin a beautification project that will include cleaning up the site and preparing it for a community garden, a memorial green space and a visitor center.

This is the third year the UNO Service Learning Academy has chosen to coordinate a fall break project to get students involved in helping to improve their community. City Sprouts, Child Saving Institute, Malcolm X Foundation and North High Magnet School are partnering with UNO on this year’s project. There are also several classes at UNO that are offering college credit for participating in this project.

“This project is about building and strengthening the community while learning and growing,” said Kathe Oleson, a coordinator for the fall break project.

The UNO Service Learning Academy is a program to integrate community service with academic study. The primary focus is to provide a deeper understanding of course content, while working with a local non-profit organization.

For more information contact Kathe Oleson at kathleeoleson@mail.unomaha.edu.

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