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2009.04.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Volunteers Unite on Global Youth Service Day

Omaha - More than 400 students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and area high schools will give Omaha a “spring cleaning” during Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Global Youth Service Day is recognized by millions across the world as a day dedicated to improving cities, neighborhoods and parks.

Volunteers will clean and landscape the grounds at the following three schools: Western Hills Magnet School, 6523 Western Ave.; Beveridge Middle School, 1616 S. 120th St.; and Omaha Hearing School, 1110 N. 60th St.

Volunteers will also clean up Elmwood, Fontenelle and Benson Parks.

“Global Youth Service Day is a great opportunity for Omaha youth to promote the importance of community service while bettering the city of Omaha,” said Kathe Oleson Lyons, assistant director of UNO's Service Learning Academy, which organized the annual event. “This event is just another way that UNO is demonstrating its centennial theme, being central to the city.”

Volunteers can sign up on the day of the event at Western Hills Magnet School at 8 a.m.

For more information, call Angela Dobmeier at (402) 203-9410, or Megan Schmitz at (402) 984-2542.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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