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Moravian College to Suspend Classes for “Day of Service”

Entire Student Body to Lend Time and Talent to Community – April 4

Bethlehem, Pa., April 3, 2006— All undergraduate students enrolled in the day division at Moravian College will participate in a day of service for the local community on Tuesday, April 4, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The College will suspend traditional classes for the day to enable students to lend their time and talents for a wide variety of volunteer activities on campus and within the community.

During the past month, students have planned volunteer activities related to a specific class, field of study, or area of interest. For example, a student enrolled in an education course may serve as a tutor or as a teaching assistant; or an individual enrolled in an economics class could choose to help build a Habitat for Humanity house. Other suggested activities may relate to the student's field of personal interest such as participating in a musical performance at a local school or nursing home. Students were encouraged to become engaged in activities of special interest also, such as participating in a relay in support of cancer research.

More than 200 students will join with Moravian College’s Pre-Med and Colleges Against Cancer Clubs to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.” Students will participate from noon until midnight, to raise money for cancer research , as well as the American Cancer Society programs and to celebrate survivorship. Participants will assemble teams of people to walk or run around a set track during the course of the event. Each team will be responsible for having one member represented on the track at all times. Sponsors will pledge to donate a given amount of money based on the time or distance that a participant runs.

Student volunteers will spend the day working with the Cops-n-kids Literacy program in five Bethlehem Area School District locations. They will tutor youngsters in reading at the Marvine Elementary School, Fountain Hill Elementary School, William Penn Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, and Regional Standards Academy. Additional students will work with the BASD SPARK program to provide child care at three schools locations.

Students will collaborate also with the Historic Bethlehem Partnership as part of its Spring Spruce Up at the Colonial Industrial Quarter and at Burnside Plantation. Others will join the City of Bethlehem’s spruce-up activities at Monocacy Way & Sand Island, and work to prepare three playgrounds in the City to be used by neighborhood children.

Many students will be working on campus as part of the Take Back The Night initiative which is a month long program that focuses on ending violence and crime in our society. Student volunteers will create anti-violence posters, advocacy materials, and begin set construction for the play, Shards of Skin and Porcelain. The play, written by Paul Blore, depicts the complex issues facing students at a small college campus as a result of several sexual assaults. Please note that the play contains adult language and a mature theme. The performance is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 6th and 7th at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building on Moravian’s Main Street Campus.

Students will be serving meals Volunteers will serve meals at the Victory House, a shelter and treatment center for the homeless in south Bethlehem. Members of the Art Club will lend their talents to design and paint a mural for the New Bethany Ministries. Other volunteers will collect school supplies for alumnus serving in the Peace Corp in Africa.

Students will interact with youngsters in community centers including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts/

A number of Service Learning and other faculty initiatives include teaching about music and literature in elementary schools and senior centers; marketing assistance for non-profits; early childhood ( initiatives ) programs ; and advocacy and education efforts related to health issues.

The Moravian College athletic teams will become involved in activities related to their sport, including football, men’s and women’s basketball teams, the men’s and women’s Soccer teams, and Field Hockey team.

College clubs and Greek sororities and fraternities will join together to participate in structured activities , while some students have chosen independent causes off campus. In addition, some faculty and staff have chosen to participate in endeavors of personal interest.

For more information, contact Phyllis Walsh, community service coordinator at 610 861-1602 or pwalsh@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the website at www.moravian.edu.