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Release date:October 26, 2006

Media Advisory: Wayland staff, students to gather for day-long community service blitz

PLAINVIEW – Approximately 250 students, faculty and staff have registered to participate in the first Degree of Difference Day hosted by Wayland Baptist University, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 28.

              Teams of various sizes will be working all over Plainview on that day, beginning around 9:30 a.m., taking a short on-site break for lunch and wrapping up around 4 p.m. Projects scheduled for that day include construction on the current Habitat for Humanity house, a basketball camp and campus tour day for Girl Scouts, visiting and games at three local nursing home facilities, cleanup in the Plainview cemetery, cleanup and minor renovation work at Plainview Christian Academy, Wee Care Child Center, College Hill Daycare, Compassionate Care Pregnancy Center and Whiteaker Youth Center. Teams will also be creating pottery for the Empty Bowls project, helping with a Special Olympics bowling practice session, organizing at the Hale County Crisis Center’s Broadway Treasures thrift store, and organizing archives for the Hale County Historical Association.

              “We are so excited that this day will be helping organizations that serve a wide variety of folks in our community, from children to elderly who are in need in various ways,” said Teresa Young, Director of Communications at Wayland and co-organizer of the event. Hope English, director of student leadership, is also co-organizer, and the project is officially part of the relatively new Center for Student Leadership and Involvement.

              “So many Wayland folks are already greatly involved in our community, but we wanted this one day to be a united effort to give back to Plainview,” Young added. “We also hope this will spur those who may not be involved to pick an organization they can continue to support and get active.”

              Wayland will devote its Nov. 1 chapel session to a celebration for Degree of Difference Day, featuring music and testimonies from participants.




Note to news media: Photo opportunities will be available throughout the day at various sites in town. For a full list of locations of work crews or for more information, contact Teresa Young at 291-3586.