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Students at Morrisville State College Plan "INto the Streets" Day of Service in Morrisville and Norwich Communities

MORRISVILLE, NY—Students clad in white shirts emblazoned with the powerful words “Into the Streets,” will converge in the Morrisville and Norwich communities for one day, Oct. 17.

They will be volunteering their time, energy and passion to help others during a day of service, a campus-wide effort to connect the main and Norwich campuses with their surrounding communities.

While volunteers all have different reasons for pitching in, they have one goal—to reach out to the community.

The Morrisville State College field hockey team will be among those opening doors that day.

They will be adopting a grandparent through Crouse Community Center and will partake in various activities with residents.

Other students will be volunteering at the Community Action Partnership (CAP) in Morrisville, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County – Head Start Program, and Morrisville Elementary School.

Efforts will spill over into the evening on the main campus, from 6-8 p.m., when volunteers host a game night for students from Morrisville Elementary School in the college’s Recreation Center.

Norwich Campus efforts will include volunteering at the Chenango County Child Care Coordinating Council, Roots and Wings, an emergency services and basic needs program, and a campus cleanup.

The goal of the event is to foster a better connection between the college and community.

It also gets students involved in a different type of learning.

“Volunteering provides students with lessons that are different from those in the classroom and in course work,” Emily Casey, AmeriCorps VISTA member in charge of the project, said. “It gets them involved in the community, fosters pride and compassion toward others and teaches them how to work together.”

It’s also a gesture that may inspire them to continue volunteering throughout their lives, she said.

The event is sponsored by the Sheila Johnson Institute.

For more information regarding the “Into the Streets” day of service, call 315-684-6041.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.



About Emily Casey

Emily Casey is an AmeriCorps VISTA member working at Morrisville State College under a one-year grant to develop partnerships between the college and the community organizations that work to meet the needs of impoverished populations in the Morrisville and Norwich areas.

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program dedicated to eliminating poverty by helping individuals and low-income neighborhoods make positive changes for themselves.

This is the first year the college has received the grant.

List of events for volunteers at main campus:

Morrisville Area Improvement Network
Community raking, gardening
Madison Hall clean-up

Habitat for Humanity
Assist with mailing
Hamilton Hall Architecture Studio

Community Action Partnership (CAP), Morrisville
Assist with computer program questions

Crouse Community Center, Morrisville
Field Hockey Team
Various activities

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County Head Start Program (3- and 4-year-olds)
Assist with classroom activities
Morrisville-Eaton Elementary School, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
After-school projects

Morrisville Elementary School
Paint a Mural – elementary students will get their own canvas to paint their version of the ideal world, which will be assembled into a mural.
Elementary Art Classroom

Sports/Game Night – play sports such as capture the flag, wiffle ball, or kick ball with local third and sixth-graders
College Recreation Center, 6 to 8 p.m.

List of events for volunteers at Norwich Campus:

Chenango County Child Care Coordinating Council

Roots and Wings
Students will be supporting staff as the Roots and Wings site organizes donations and serves clients requesting food, clothing, and other support to make ends meet.

Campus Cleanup
Students will be picking up debris and litter in various parts of the campus.

*Events are subject to change