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Oct. 4, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU students use fall break helping others       

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Thirty-six Slippery Rock University students will spend their fall break, Oct. 9-10, delivering signed banners marking the remembrance of the 9/11 attacks and learning about and helping homeless people.

           SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is organizing the Care Break trip.

           The banners are being delivered to Washington, D.C., and New York City, two of the three cities attacked by terrorists in the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. A similar banner was delivered earlier to Shanksville, Pa., site of the crash of Flight 93, as part of formal ceremonies there marking the 10th anniversary of the attack.

           “We have 18 students going to Washington, D.C., where they will deliver the SRU banner, which has circulated on campus gaining signatures and condolences from faculty, staff and students. The banner will be presented to a Washington, D.C., fire department that participated in the 9/11 rescue at the U.S. Pentagon. Another 18 of our students will be involved in a similar trip to New York City where we hope to deliver a banner to Mayor Michael Bloomberg,” said Sam Goodge, an SRU graduate student from Saegertown and Care Break organizer.

           “While our students are in the two cities delivering the banners, they will also work with the Youth Services Opportunity Project, an organization involved in hunger awareness and individual homeless awareness,” he said.

           Participating students will also work in the organization’s soup kitchen.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.