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New Drake students kick off year with community service

In their first week on campus, more than 500 first-year Drake students will make the University’s neighborhood their own by participating in community service activities.

Students will participate in activities in the Drake area at the following locations this weekend:

Friday, Aug. 20

  • Drake Park, 22nd Street, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cleanup, landscaping
  • Brookdale Ramsey Village Retirement Center, 1611 27th St., 3:30-5:30 p.m., courtyard landscaping, lemonade and cookie reception with the center residents
  • Room 101 in Olin Hall, 1344 27th St., 3:30-5 p.m., packaging meals for Meals from the Heartland

Saturday, Aug. 21

  • The Drake Neighborhood, 23rd Street and University Avenue to 34th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue 2-4 p.m., picking up litter, distributing fliers about campus events for community members

“I am so proud of how quickly our new students adopt the Drake Neighborhood, and the neighbors adopt our students as well,” said Dolph Pulliam, director for community outreach at Drake.

This marks the seventh year that the service projects have been part of Drake’s Welcome Weekend activities.

“The members of the Drake Neighborhood Association continue to praise our first-year students for their willingness to volunteer their time doing these very important community service projects,” Pulliam said.