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9/11: Students Engage in Day of Service

9/11: Students Engage in Day of Service

By Alexis Alexander, Assistant Photo Editor

Photo by Alexis Alexander Jeff Jerkins, far left, Nygel Robinson, middle, plant a tree for Arbor Day outside the university center on Sept. 13 as part of the day of service events.

The Office of Community and Civic Engagement partnered with Sustainability on Sept. 13 to honor 9/11 and celebrate Arbor Day through community service.  

Over 100 UNCP students, faculty and staff participated in the fifth annual event.

“Students will get to honor and remember 9/11 in a different form through serving,”  Dalton Hoffer, the assistant director for student engagement, said.

“This is a joint event,”  Sustainability Director Jay Blauser said. “Not only recognizing Arbor Day, but also remembering those who died on 9/11 by this day of service.”

In total eight trees were planted. Three were planted behind GPAC and five were planted on the UC lawn. The areas were picked because of its high foot traffic and need for more adequate shade on hot days.

According to Blauser, there was also “gardening and landscaping work done at the campus garden and Pine Cottage.”

In order for the service to be possible, local businesses donated supplies to aid UNCP’s efforts.

Blauser said that Sodexo was responsible for donating “the events snacks, beverages and lunch for the expected crowd of 100 student volunteers.”

In addition, Pembroke hardware donated $350 towards trees and gardening supplies.

The students involved with the tree planting were happy to be lending their time and efforts for the betterment of UNCP’s campus and the remembrance of those affected by 9/11.

One of the student volunteers was Donnielle Walker.

“I just wanted to help and give back to the community,” Walker said.

“It’s really important just to show you care and be there,” said Intrigue member, Celeste Jackson.

She added, “It’s a nice way to interact,” after running into new people and other organizations while volunteering her time.

Not only is the tree planting event to honor 9/11, it’s a strategy to determine whether UNCP should apply to Arbor Day Tree Campus USA.

If accepted as a Tree Campus USA, the university can significantly reduce the amount of energy generated by the campus, reduce the carbon footprint and involve the students in service projects that create a more sustainable environment.

“If we have adequate interest, support and participation by students...and a word from students to offer future support for tree planting events on campus, then we will plan to apply,” Blauser said. 

Photo by Alexis Alexander. Jeff Jerkins, far left, Nygel Robinson, middle, plant a tree for Arbor Day outside the university center on Sept. 13 as part of the day of service events.