About 150 volunteers still are needed this weekend for Service First. Through this annual community service project, WUSTL sends student, staff and faculty volunteers to help brighten public schools in St. Louis City and University City.
Originally set for Sept. 1, with more than 1,000 volunteers participating, Service First was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Now, Service First is being held from noon-5 p.m. the next three Saturdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.
Typically held during Labor Day weekend, Service First is an opportunity for new students to volunteer with area public schools. The event, however, is open to all students. Bus transportation is provided from the South 40.
There are opportunities for upperclassmen, student group leaders and advisers to serve in leadership roles on any or all of the three dates. Student groups can “sponsor” a school by providing the volunteers for those projects.
Faculty and staff also are encouraged to take part, providing on-site leadership and support. Volunteers will participate in a number of projects, such as painting indoor and outdoor murals, creating bulletin boards and preparing classrooms. The projects are developed in collaboration with school principals and their staffs.
Service First schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 29 — 150 volunteers needed
Nance Elementary, Stix Early Childhood Center, Washington Montessori
Saturday, Oct. 6 — 100 volunteers needed
Fanning Middle School, Patrick Henry High School
Saturday, Oct. 13 — 350 volunteers needed
Brittany Woods Middle, Gateway IT High, Hamilton Elementary, KIPP: Inspire Academy, Pamoja Prep @ Cole Elementary, University City High School