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Dec. 7,2010

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU AmeriCorps students plan M.L. King Jr., Day events


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University AmeriCorps students have initiated three programs in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a children’s book drive, free CPR/AED certification programs and a day of service in New Castle.

“Nearly 200 participants have already signed up for the Jan. 17 service day,” said Laurel Dagnon, SRU program director for AmeriCorps. “We hope to have our full compliment of volunteers pre-registered before the Jan. 7 deadline.”

“This is a great opportunity to do something good for the community as well as gain volunteer hour,” Dagnon said.

University offices and classrooms will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of the federal holiday. Spring semester classes begin at 8 a.m., Jan. 18.

Additional AmeriCorps activities for Jan. 17 include two, free cardio-pulmonary resuscitation/automated external defibrillator certification programs. The CPR/AED certifications or renewals sessions are 8 a.m. to noon or 12:30-4 p.m. in the University Union. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 7.

For the “Day of Service” program participants will be bused to Patches Place, a behavioral health consumer and family support and resource center in New Castle where they will help organize the on-site store. Volunteers will staff the work party from 1-4 p.m. Transportation will leave the University Union at 12:30 p.m.

All of the programs are open to faculty, staff and students.

The book drive, which started earlier this month, concludes Dec. 17. Donated books, which can be dropped off at 105 University Union, will be delivered to three service agencies that deal with children: the Slippery Rock Library, the Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe) in Butler, and the Charlie Bash Foundation in Pittsburgh


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