Two groups of FHSU students take on projects for National Youth Service Day

Two groups of Fort Hays State University students will take part in National Youth Service Day by performing community services this weekend.

Tigers in Service, a volunteer clearing house operating from the university's Center for Civic Leadership, is sponsoring the campuswide and neighborhood cleanup on the actual NYSD -- Saturday, April 22.

But an agriculture class, Home Horticulture, taught by Dr. Jean Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture, will take on a smaller scale project the day before that -- beautifying the grounds of the Humane Society of the High Plains on Friday, April 21.

The campuswide effort begins at noon Saturday with a barbeque (sponsored by Student Affairs) on the Quad.

Work begins at 1 p.m., with a target area of the FHSU campus, Big Creek and Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets in the campus neighborhood. T-shirts for the volunteers have been donated the the office of FHSU's provost.

Volunteers have also been urged to bring hand soap/sanitizer and cleaning supplies, which will be donated to schools hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Friday, Gleichsner's Home Horticulture class will plant shrubs, flowers and ornamental grasses at the Humane Society shelter on Old Highway 40, west of the Municipal Airport.

Funding for the project was provided by a State Farm Good Neighbor grant, the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Midwest Energy Community Fund.

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