By Jaci Schneider, Copy Editor
Spring Break Campaign members won’t be the only people serving during spring break. The university is encouraging students and alumni to participate in the first Wildcat Week of Service.
Betsey Craig, chair of the Public Relations Task Force for the Centennial who has been involved in planning and marketing the event, said in an e-mail that it’s a celebration of the university’s mission.
“We’re calling students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends around the world to set aside one hour for service from March 11-18,” Craig said.
The participants will do service projects in their hometowns and communities and then send pictures and comments to the Alumni Office.
To participate people just have to register their project ideas on the Week of Service Web site. They can be doing the project as part of another campaign or mission trip.
“It’s been very heartening to see the variety of volunteer services that our alumni provide in their hometowns and communities,” Craig said. “They’re all the little things that add up to make a big difference in our world.”
The week of service is part of the Centennial Celebration, and Dr. Money sent an e-mail to faculty and staff encouraging them to get involved, Craig said. The President’s Cabinet even approved four hours of service work to count for hours in the office, she said.
“I’m proud to be from a university where everyone takes the mission to heart,” Craig said.
As of Wednesday, Craig had about 75 projects registered, with more continuing to come in.
Brad Mick, sophomore human communication major from Fort Worth, will participate by painting and cleaning up in New Orleans. He will go to New Orleans with Richland Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth, but he registered the project with Wildcat Week of Service, too.
“God has blessed us with homes and families, and we just figured this would be a good way for our family to spend time together helping other families,” Mick said on his registration form.
Everyone who participates in the week, will receive a T-shirt, even Spring Break Campaign members. Craig said she’s looking forward to the week.
“I look forward to seeing the pictures and reading the stories,” she said.