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2012.10.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Erika Jacobson - Service Learning Academy
phone: 605.366.4051 - email: ejjacobson@unomaha.edu

UNO, Belvedere Students to Beautify Intersection, Community Marker in North Omaha

Omaha - On Tuesday, Oct. 9, University of Nebraska at Omaha social work students and Belvedere Elementary students will engage in a community beautification project in the Belvedere/Fontenelle community as part of a P-16 service-learning project. Students will gather at Crown Point Avenue and North 37th Street at 3 p.m. to plant bulbs and landscape the median that is home to the community marker located at the intersection.

During the semester, Belvedere Elementary students in Ellen Keenan’s classes have worked with Karen Rolf’s social work students at UNO in devising a plan to beautify the sign and median and connect with the community. All students researched the history of the community sign and discussed possible landscape design options and the commitment required to maintain the project.

The City of Omaha approved the landscape project for the median and a local organization, Nared’s PeeWee Palace, has agreed to assist the school with maintaining the sign. Two local landscaping companies, Jay Moore Landscaping and Mulhall’s, will donate a landscaping plan and materials for the project.

The UNO Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

The Service Learning Academy at UNO works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Erika Jacobson , UNO Service Learning Academy, at 605.366.4051 or ejjacobson@unomaha.edu; Ellen Keenan, Belvedere Elementary School, at 402.457.6630 or ellen.keenan@ops.org; Karen Rolf, UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work at 402.554.2850 or krolf@unomaha.edu; or David Patton, Omaha Public Schools, 402.557.2070 or David.Patton@ops.org.

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