By Jessica Mullins/Around&About Editor

On Sept. 11, 2001, a day of tragedy for the nation, firefighters, police officers and other volunteers from across the country and world died for the sake of service to others, even at the cost of their own lives. On the third anniversary of this tragic day in America, a group of Eastern students will be showing their service to Madison County and surrounding counties as they participate in various service activities throughout the day.

As part of the Saturdays for Service program sponsored by the office of volunteerism, students have the opportunity to volunteer to help with Kids Fest, a community cleanup and crafts at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

The Kids Fest, sponsored by Richmond Parks and Recreation, will be a day-long festival in which students can help with the many activities throughout the day such as games, face painting and contests. There are several different sessions throughout the morning and afternoon that students can sign up to volunteer for.

Students can also sign up for the community cleanup, which will be held during the morning Saturday.

Although this is not the first community cleanup Saturdays for Service has participated in, this particular cleanup is a bit more meaningful to students and to the community because of the significance of the day it will be held.

Reginald Rose, a sophomore social work major from Shreveport, La., has been involved in several of the community cleanup’s, however, he feels that this one will be extra meaningful.

This cleanup is “a way of uniting a community and showing that America still stands strong together through trial and tribulation,” Rose said.

On Saturday afternoon, students also have the opportunity to travel to the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital to do fall crafts and visit with the young patients.

“We’re just trying to have things constantly going through the day,” said Amber Jones, coordinator for volunteerism, in regards to the various events Saturdays for Service will be involved with that day. “Although it is Sept. 11, we’re trying to keep in mind that people need to be servants, and we should use that day to help serve others as a memorial to everyone who died and lost their lives.”

If you would like to be involved in any of the events happening with the Saturdays for Service program on Sept. 11, contact Amber Jones at amber.jones@eku.edu, or call 622-2052.

Although these are a few opportunities students can get involved with, there are plenty of other opportunities available outside of Richmond, Jones said. For information on more opportunities to volunteer on Sept. 11 in the Lexington area, visit the United Way of the Bluegrass Web site at www.uwbg.org.

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