Dakota Wesleyan's Service Day set for Tuesday

Saturday, April 27, 2013

MITCHELL — Just in time for spring cleaning, the weather forecast looks warm and clear for Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Service Day.

More than 527 students, staff and faculty are signed up to take part in the university’s Service Day: National Day of Service on Tuesday, April 30.

“Service brings out the best in us, and it is always very rewarding,” said Sterling Dockweiler, a graduating senior from Casper, Wyo. “Service Day helps the college and the community form a great relationship where we look out for each other and support each other.”

This is the fourth year that Dakota Wesleyan has organized Service Day, but the first year it has added “National Day of Service” to its name – this is due to a grant that was awarded to the college that will allow DWU to give out eight gift certificates for local organizations to purchase trees. Those eight will be: L.B. Williams, Longfellow and Gertie Belle Rogers elementary schools, Mitchell Area Safehouse, LifeQuest, the Abbott House, Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, and Cadwell Park.

Service Day is not only a way to thank the community, but is also one more avenue to help create service-minded students.

“Service Day is an easy way to get the whole DWU campus to work together to help better the Mitchell community; it’s also a great way for DWU to teach students about the importance of its motto, ‘sacrifice or service,’” said Leah Miiller, Corsica, who also will be graduating this May. “Students can use this tradition to build off of to continue to serve others and their communities. It shows students that a lot can be changed in a few hours with just a little bit of hard work.”

About 1,300 man hours are projected to be spent in town on Tuesday, with project sites at: The Carnegie Resource Center, First United Methodist Church, First Lutheran Church, Dakota Discovery Museum, Cadwell Park, the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex, the Mitchell Salvation Army, Mitchell public schools, Mitchell Area Safehouse, and trash pick-up on Rowley and Spruce streets, Dry Run Creek, and all around Lake Mitchell.

Students in the Arlene Gates Department of Nursing will also split up into teams and work at Wesley Acres and Avera Brady Health and Rehab.

Other students will split up and do work on campus moving materials from the science department in Hughes Hall to the new Corrigan Health Sciences Center, as well as other spots around campus.

Nursing students in Huron, along with faculty and staff, will provide a service with spring clean-up on the Huron Community Campus on Monday, April 29. Also, the DWU baseball and softball teams will be gone Tuesday for games and therefore have been volunteering time at the fields. In all, 636 individuals are projected to contribute toward this community service effort.

Following the volunteer projects, everyone will reconvene in the cafeteria and East Main Dining Room for an indoor picnic and video from last year’s Service Day.

The Tuesday before graduation was traditionally known as “Reading Day” before 2010, when Dakota Wesleyan established “Service Day” as a thank you to the community that has supported the university for more than a century.

“It may seem stressful, but it’s really a productive way to take a break from studying and to be with all of your friends while doing something good for the community,” Miiller said. “I have participated in Service Day with the Student Activities Board every year, and I'm looking forward to working with the group one last time. I’m a little sad this will be my last DWU Service Day, but it’s the perfect way for me to give back to the community that has been a home away from home for me for the last four years.”

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