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Morrisville State College Plans Week-Long Community Service, “Seven Days of Making a Difference,” Volunteer in Morrisville and Norwich Communities

MORRISVILLE, NY— For seven days, students at Morrisville State College will spread their compassion and energy, making their mark in the Morrisville and Norwich communities.

They will be part of a volunteer brigade, “Seven Days of Making a Difference,” April 19-25, a campus-wide effort to connect the main and Norwich campuses with their surrounding communities.

During the weeklong event, they will partake in volunteer activities including those marking National Volunteer week. They will also be participating in Operation Safe Child, performing community clean-ups, preparing and serving dinner for local residents in need and sorting donated items for homeless shelters.

While some will have their hands in the soil planting trees for Arbor Day, others will have their hands on athletic equipment—playing sports with local children.

Local moms are part of the plan too. They can participate in a parenting workshop and receive pampering such as massages, manicures and pedicures.

The Morrisville Public Library is also part of the agenda. A silent auction to benefit the library will be held April 21, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in Madison Hall. Items are being collected for the auction including photography, paintings and sculptures and gift certificates. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a mix of jazz and world music provided by local musicians led by John ‘Johnny Shoes’ Schuster.” Desserts and coffee will be for sale.

Efforts will spill over in the Norwich community where students will be cooking and playing games with BOCES children and will participate in a child safety day. Local businesses will be displaying children's artwork to raise awareness of needs of young children and programming supporting young children and families.

The overall goal of “Seven Days of Making a Difference” is to foster a better connection between the college and community.

It also gets students involved in a different type of learning, instills pride and compassion toward others and teaches them how to work together.

The event is sponsored by the Sheila Johnson Institute.

For more information regarding the “Seven Days of Making a Difference” event, call 315-684-6041.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

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.

List of volunteer events at main campus:

Sunday, April 19
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Operation Safe Child, Bailey Hall. Criminal Justice students and members of the Writers’ Guild will assist police with child finger printing and photo IDs.
1-3 p.m. – Town of Eaton Cemetery clean-up
12-3 p.m. - Chenango Canal clean-up with Outdoor Recreation Club students

Monday, April 20
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Madison Hall clean-up with architecture students

Tuesday, April 21
3-5 p.m. - Volunteering at The Children’s Center at Morrisville State College
6:30-9 p.m. - Silent auction fundraiser for the Morrisville Public Library, Madison Hall on Route 20. Mix of jazz and world music provided by local musicians led by John ‘Johnny Shoes’ Schuster.” Desserts and coffee will be for sale. Art and gift certificates will be available for bid.

Wednesday, April 22
6 p.m. – Inspirational speaker, Chuck Fox, STUAC Little Theater.

Thursday, April 23
3-5 p.m. - Open skate, free ice skating at the college IcePlex with sports, nutrition and fitness management and human performance and health promotion students.
4-6 p.m. - Crouse Community Center activities
4-8 p.m. - Prepared and Perishable Foods Program at St. Joan of Arc Church, Morrisville. Volunteers will prepare and serve dinner to local residents in need. International Food Service Executives’ Association (IFSEA) students will be participating.
6-8 p.m. - Family Game Night, Morrisville Recreation Center with sports, nutrition and fitness management and human performance and health promotion students. Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 24
10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Holistic Women’s Health – Parenting workshops, massages, manicures and pedicures, Shannon Hall.
2-4 p.m. - Tree planting with horticulture students, open to campus
3-5 p.m. - Scholastic Book Fair, Morrisville Children’s Center.
6-7:30- p.m. - Family game night at Hamilton Central School with sports, nutrition and fitness management and human performance and health promotion students (sports with local children).

Saturday April 25
11 a.m. - Paint Community Action Partnership building
11 a.m. – Clean food pantry at Community Action Partnership

List of events for volunteers at Norwich Campus:

Wednesday, April 22
Child safety day. Early childhood and criminal justice students provide car seat check and fingerprinting/picture ID packets.

Friday, April 24
Students in Children with Special Needs class cook lunch together and play Wii fitness games at BOCES class.

*Events are subject to change