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2009.10.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Fundraisers Planned for School Supply Drive, HIV Awareness, UNICEF

Omaha - For the past several weeks, students at seven magnet schools in the Omaha Public Schools district have been busy collecting school supplies of all shapes and sizes for students in South Africa.

Their efforts are part of a semester-long, service-learning project at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), culminating with campus and community events to recognize World AIDS Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

UNO’s Service Learning Academy organizes several events to support the community, but World AIDS Day is one of group’s first global projects.

At the UNO hockey game on Friday, Oct. 30, and the UNO football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, the Service Learning Academy will promote Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Each year UNICEF encourages children who collect candy on Halloween to also collect money for UNICEF, the world’s leading international children’s organization.

At both UNO athletic events, Maverick fans are encouraged to donate money to UNICEF.

Inspired and co-directed by Andie Hansen, a UNO student studying and serving abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, the Schools Beyond Borders program is a groundbreaking international service-learning project culminating on World AIDS Day Dec. 1.

Marshalling the combined forces of the Omaha Public Schools, UNO service-learning classes and various community partners, the project engages OPS magnet school students in a local/global blend of community engagement initiatives. The project is headlined by the Omaha Students for African Schools supply drive and a public school approach to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

The Halloween-weekend activities are both part of UNO’s World AIDS Day events. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, UNO will host an awareness and educational fair in the Milo Bail Student Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nonprofit organizations and community groups will staff booths on AIDS awareness and other health issues affecting children and adults locally, nationally and around the globe.

At 5 p.m., following the fair, the campus community and the public will join together at UNO for a candlelight vigil designed to shed light on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to publicly display a united front against this deadly disease.

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