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New Centenary students to spend their first Saturday in town helping the community

SHREVEPORT, LA — Some 240 new students at Centenary College won't be sleeping in on their first Saturday on campus. Instead, they won't be on campus at all. They will be providing some 480 hours of community service activities for 11 community organizations.

"It's all a part of the Centenary experience that encourages good citizenship and the contribution of talents and energies toward the greater interests of society," said Lynn Stewart, director of public relations. "This experience during orientation gives new Centenary students an early view of the types of distinctive experiences and connections they will be making throughout their college years."

Dian Tooke, Centenary's director of service learning, and the Office of Student Life and student orientation leaders are coordinating the service activities.

Buses will depart campus around 9 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 19). Between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., students will serve one of the following organizations:

  • Shreveport Regional Arts Council
    800 Snow Street
  • Red River Revel
    Festival Plaza
  • Renzi Art Center
    435/445 Egan Street
  • Northwest Louisiana Food Bank
    2307 Texas Street
  • Shreveport/Bossier Community Renewal
    320 North Allen
  • Shreveport Green
  • Marie Hamel Park
    Off Clyde Fant Parkway
  • Highland Center
    520 Olive Street
  • Providence House
    814 Cotton
  • The LightHouse
    802 Travis
  • Habitat for Humanity

For more about service learning at Centenary, see http://www.centenary.edu/plan/service and for additional orientation information, see http://www.centenary.edu/firstyear/orientation

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