FHSU awarded $1,000 to lead National Youth Service Day project

City, Lions Club take total up to $4,000; local students from FHSU horticulture class to participate

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HAYS, KS -- Youth Service America awarded $1,000 to Fort Hays State University in February through the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards.

Selected from over 850 applicants, FHSU will use the grant to fund a service project during National Youth Service Day on April 16, 2004. Youth Service America awarded 100 service-learning project grants through the organization's State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards.

Students in the Home Horticulture course at FHSU will work with Hays Lions Club members and City of Hays Park Department personnel in making improvements at Daniel G. Rupp Park in Hays. The Hays Lions Club, which sponsors the park, donated another $1,000 to the project. The City of Hays Parks Department matched the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Award and the Lions Club donation with an additional $2,000 resulting in a $4,000 project.

Students will be involved with planting trees, painting the shelter house, staining the park sign, picking up litter, and installing a bench and walkway. The event will take place on April 16 at the Daniel G. Rupp Park. A ceremony announcing the National Youth Service Day Project will take place at 10 a.m. that day. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Daniel Rupp's wife, Sandra Rupp, assistant professor of accounting and information systems at FHSU, and a sister, Nitzie Wasinger, will be at the ceremony to plant the trees. Other family members contributing to the cost of the trees include Rupp's daughters, Jo Ellen Rupp and Jana Rupp, Rupp's sister Mary Lou Campbell and brother Tom Rupp, and niece Mary Jo Heath. National Youth Service Day is a public awareness and education campaign that highlights the amazing contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year. Youth in over 150 countries join their U.S. peers as part of the Fifth Annual Global Youth Service Day, which takes place concurrently with support from

The day is coordinated by Youth Service America, in partnership with the National Youth Leadership Council and PARADE Magazine. Youth Service America is joined by a consortium that includes more than 85 of the nation's largest nonprofit and youth development organizations, including America?s Promise; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America; Campfire USA; Habitat for Humanity; National Education Association; the US Conference of Mayors; and YMCA of the USA. Financial support for National and Global Youth Service Day is provided by: State Farm Companies Foundation, GM Foundation, Disney Inc., Clay Aiken and the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, AT&T Foundation, and the National Education Association.

Youth Service America, www.ysa.org, is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people in America, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.

For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Jean A. Gleichsner, Fort Hays State University, (785) 628-4023, or by e-mail at jgleichs@fhsu.edu

Gleischner's students who will participate in the day are listed by classification and home town.

Ashland: Preston Cunningham, junior.
Concordia: Bo Ringer, senior.
Damar: Jennifer Benoit, senior.
Goodland: Michael Leonard, junior.
Hays: Ryan Staab, junior.
Healy: Kale Graves, senior.
Holcomb: Brandon Robinson, senior.
Macksville: Jamie Wood, junior.
St. Francis: Brian Holzwarth, senior.
Timken: Charles McCormick, senior.
Wichita: Carl Heincker, 401 N. Pamela, senior.

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