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Aug. 29, 2012
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Baker plans activities for National Day of Service and Remembrance
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Office of Student Affairs has been awarded a $500 grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission to support the university’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 9-15.Baker-arch1

In 2009, Congress designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with supporting this effort across the country. With funding from the corporation, the Kansas Volunteer Commission has partnered with organizations across Kansas to engage at least 2,000 volunteers in tribute projects.

Baker’s Office of Student Life will host several volunteer activities during the week. It will recognize military personnel, families, veterans, emergency management personnel and current Baker students who have served or are serving in the military. Baker has been recognized as a Military Friendly school by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

Here’s a list of Baker events:

Sunday, Sept. 9
Student service trip to Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen with Leonard Ortiz, assistant professor of history, to serve meals to the homeless in Lawrence and the greater Douglas County community.

Monday, Sept. 10
Kick-off to the Great Amer-I-Can Food Drive to benefit the Harvesters Community Food Network, which serves 26 counties in northeast Kansas and the Baldwin City food pantry.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
• Baker Serves student organization and AmeriCorps Serve 2 Succeed program will host the annual letter writing campaign to thank troops currently serving through the program

• Thank-you correspondence to all current Baker students who are currently or have served in the military, including approximately 185 students from Baker’s campuses.

• Distribute 9-11 remembrance ribbons to faculty, staff, students, and community members at the Baldwin City campus with a flier of volunteer opportunities in the Douglas County area and encourage students to serve during this week in honor of those who died in the 9-11 attacks.

• The Great Amer-I-CAN Food Drive to benefit Harvesters Community Food Network.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Recognize local emergency management personnel, including volunteer fire departments for Palmyra Township and Baldwin City. The Great Amer-I-CAN Food Drive to benefit Harvesters Food Network.

Thursday, Sept. 13
Weekly chapel service with a focus on 9-11 remembrance

Friday, Sept. 14
Concluding the Great Amer-I-CAN Food Drive

Saturday, Sept. 15
Student service trip to Harvesters Community Food Network with Cassy Bailey, dean of students, to package senior commodity meals or snack-packs for hungry youth in the 26-county area. Baker students will also join Baldwin Junior High Student Council members at the Amer-I-CAN Food Drive.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.