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Great Wesleyan Giveback set for early May

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DWU students and faculty help clean up trash by Lake Mitchell for the 2016 Great Wesleyan Giveback.

Dakota Wesleyan University will conduct its service day, The Great Wesleyan Giveback, on Tuesday, May 2, in the Mitchell community.

This will be DWU’s eighth year of organizing a morning of community service projects throughout the community – a tradition begun in 2010 as a kickoff for the university’s 125th anniversary.

Students, staff and faculty – along with a few family members – will meet at the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex, split into groups, and go forth into the town to commit various acts of public service.

Some of the services include trash pick-up along Dry Run Creek, around Lake Mitchell, the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex and Cadwell Park, as well as some highways. Other groups will meet at nonprofits in town such as the Mitchell Area Safehouse, Life Quest, Mitchell Area Food Pantry, Corn Palace, the First United Methodist Church, and Mitchell Main Street & Beyond. Nursing students will volunteer for Wesley Acres, education students at the local elementary schools, and the Highlanders vocal ensemble will sing for local retirement and assisted living facilities. There will also be groups on campus assisting with spring cleanup and volunteering in the McGovern Library and at Dakota Discovery Museum.

All classes are canceled on this day, which used to be known as Reading Day. Following the service work, the volunteers are provided a picnic-style lunch.