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Friday, March 17, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, March 17, 2006 - Special Community Day Announcement

ANTS Community Day - March 29, 2006

Hi Everyone,

Do you want to help homeless people in Boston exercise their artistic skills? How about planting bushes to help revitalize an urban park for neighborhood children? Or would you like to help Rev. June Cooper at the City Mission Society? If you answered yes, than the ANTS March 29 Community Day is for you! I still have spaces available, so let me know right away if you'd like to participate and what team you'd like to be on.

Community Day is for students who are not in classes because regular classes will be held. However, if you're done with classes by noon--you can participate. Four members of the faculty, Professors Greg Mobley, Sharon Thornton, Beth Nordbeck, and Dean Pazmino will be leading teams of students into different sites off the hill for a day of service and reflection.

Participants will gather at ANTS at approximately 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. for a commissioning service, and then head to different sites. Please bring a lunch, which we will all have while we are debriefed at the sites. The debriefing will be followed by hands on service activities during the afternoon. We will return to campus by 5 pm for dinner together in the cafeteria ( I will cover the dinner cost of those on work teams if you don't have the meal plan--let me know). At that time Rev. June Cooper from City Mission will join us and help us unpack the day. Following the dinner conversation we encourage people to attend the presentation on racism Kirk Jones is offering at 6:30 that evening in the Peck Room.

In lieu of chapel on the 29th, students who are in classes and thus cannot attend the Community Day are encouraged to go to chapel from 1-2 to pray for the teams that are off the hill. Everyone is invited to regroup over dinner at 5 in the cafeteria. This year's Community Day will serve as a pilot project for Community Days that are being planned for both semesters next year. So participants will be asked for feedback that will help us plan all-campus Community Days next year.

If you would like to participate this year, please contact me so I can put your name on the list. We will need to insure that we have adequate numbers for the teams to do the service projects, so we will need a rough head count.

I hope many of you will participate in this important service and learning opportunity.


Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Karen Brockney
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