This archived article was written by: Austin Ashcraft
USU Eastern’s SUN Center is in full swing with projects happening left and right. This past week, the SUN Center enjoyed tremendous success. The string of projects began with volunteers traveling to Active Re-Entry to help with the annual “Run Walk and Roll for Independence.” The 5K run is a fundraiser to raise money for Assistive Technology Services. Volunteers were placed along the route to direct runners and distribute water.
On Sept. 28, volunteers flooded the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, and split up into groups to work on several different projects. Volunteers traveled to Active Re-Entry to help shovel gravel into the flower beds . Another team went to the Children’s Justice Center to wash windows and clean for them. A group of volunteers went to the Bureau of Land Management’s property by the baseball field, to stain planks to repair picnic tables. Another group went to the preschool Head Start, and helped to clean up the playground and make preparations in the classrooms. There were several students that went to Parkdale Care Center to visit with the residents. A team painted fire hydrants throughout campus, and even a group of students went throughout campus picking up trash. After the project, volunteers met at Washington Park for pizza. It was a phenomenal turnout.
The next day, the SUN Center participated in another three projects. Mindi Bowman, a SUN Center project leader, led a group of students to the Castle Valley Center to help put on a dance for the students. Later that afternoon, Shanna Frame, another project leader, facilitated “Kids at Heart,” which entails a group of students going to low income housing to play games after school with children. The day was finished off by Rachel Smith, who took a team of baby-sitters to Carbon High School, where they ran a day care for the Family Coalition Night, so parents could attend the seminars.
It was a busy week, and the SUN Center was more than pleased with the involvement of the students on campus. For more information regarding service opportunities and ways to get involved, contact the SUN Center, in JLSC 207, or call at 435-613-5284.