Student volunteers schedule projects for National Youth Service Day

National Youth Service Day is Saturday, April 21, and volunteers sponsored by groups at Fort Hays State University have projects scheduled for that day and the day before.

On Friday, April 20, students from Dr. Jean Gleichsner's home horticulture class will construct flower boxes, raised flower beds and rain barrels from 9 a.m. to noon at the Children's Center behind Lewis Field Stadium. Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture, said the project is "service-learning in action."

Funding for the Children's Center project was provided by Midwest Energy Community Fund, Hays Lions Club, Hays Optimist Club, Prairie Garden Club and Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Three projects are scheduled for Saturday, coordinated by Tigers in Service.

Two shifts will be scheduled for a Habitat for Humanity project in Ellis. Work there will include moving rocks and other obstacles around the job site. The first shift begins at 9:30 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.

At 10 a.m., a cleanup project will begin at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive. An area just northwest of the museum will be cleaned for future use as an outdoor classroom for FHSU and K-12 students. This is a trash pickup project.

A neighborhood, Big Creek and campus cleanup begins at 1 p.m., just after a campus barbecue for volunteers from all three projects. Teams will be organized to clean trash and debris from along Big Creek, from alleys along Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets, and from on campus. The Student Environmental Organization will collect recyclable items.

The barbecue, on the Quad in front of Memorial Union, is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, McDonald's and PepsiCo. Hamburgers will be cooked by technology studies volunteers. Chips, water and soft drinks will be provided.

All NYSD volunteers will receive a T-shirt courtesy of the Student Government Association and the Center for Civic Leadership.

For more information, call Katie Stucky, co-director of Tigers in Service, at 628-5537 or e-mail her at

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