October 22, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 22, 2015 — Drury University students will launch a new partnership with Springfield Community Gardens on Saturday during Make A Difference Day, the country’s largest nationally recognized day of service. DU students will also take part in a three other projects that day as they join millions around America in lending a helping hand to improve the lives of others.
The students will work to transform a greenhouse at Trustee Science Center into a space where Springfield Community Gardens can grow produce. They will also participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, assist with maintenance projects at Boyd Elementary School and organize donations at Sammy’s Window, which provides food, clothing and personal care items for foster families.
At Drury, Make a Difference Day is called the President’s Day of Service in order to honor President David Manuel and First Lady Betty Coe Manuel’s dedication to community engagement. The Manuels will be working alongside Drury students Saturday at Boyd Elementary.
The best times to catch students in action and get interviews will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Trustee Science Center greenhouse. Students will be turning soil and compost, potting plants and prepping the greenhouse and surrounding grounds for use as a community garden. The shared space will be used by Springfield Community Gardens to engage and enrich the Midtown neighborhood. It will also serve as a teaching space where students from area schools can come and learn about sustainable farming practices and how their food is produced. Trustee Science Center is located on Drury Lane just north of Chestnut Expressway.
Details on the other events:
- Students will join Betty Coe Manuel in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk starting at 8 a.m. outside of Hammons Field downtown.
- The Manuels and student volunteers will join with members of the Boyd PTA and Midtown Neighborhood Association for cleanup, organization and maintenance projects from 10 a.m. to noon at Boyd Elementary School, located at 1409 N. Washington Ave.
- Student volunteers will be at Sammy’s Window, 1774 S. Grant Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The students are supporting Sammy’s Window as part of this year’s All Collegiate Service Project.
“Being a part of the largest national day of service is exciting and the students truly enjoy opportunities to engage in the Springfield community,” says Courtney Swan, director of Drury’s Office of Community Outreach and Leadership Development. “The chance to serve alongside President and Mrs. Manuel makes the experience all the more meaningful.”
Media Contact: Ryan Gipson, Volunteer Services Coordinator. Cell: (417) 229-1451; email: email@example.com.