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FAU Participates in MLK Day of Service  

               BOCA RATON, FL (February 7, 2011) – More than 80 students and staff volunteers from Florida Atlantic University participated recently in FAU’s MLK Day of Service at the L.A. Lee Family YMCA in Fort Lauderdale.
            The FAU volunteers cleared land in the YMCA’s playground area to plant a butterfly garden, built four raised community garden beds with cedar planks and removed overgrown vines from a perimeter fence.  Artists Denise Anderson, FAU alumnus; Hilary Nicole Leblanc, FAU graduate student; and FAU student Soledad Del Real also painted three themed murals on the inside walls of the YMCA, titled “Youth Development,” “Healthy Living” and “Social Responsibility.”
            “The children at the YMCA now have three new colorful, positive-message wall murals that support the focus areas of the YMCA,” said Nori Carter, director of the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service at FAU.  “FAU students and staff also planted gardens to inspire them to lead healthy, holistic lifestyles. The impact FAU students and staff were able to have will leave a lasting impression on not only the participants, but also the children who will be benefiting from the services provided.”
            Sponsors of the event included FAU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service, Multicultural Programming, Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) and Helping Out Our Town (HOOT).
            “I personally feel that it is something great when a community can come together to make a difference,” said Sam Monroe, executive director of the L.A. Lee Family YMCA. “It was Dr. King’s dream that we come together as one, striving to make a difference in the lives of the communities that we serve.”
          For more information, contact Nori Carter at 561-297-3607 or ncarte10@fau.edu


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