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August 26, 2013

SUNY Oneonta students give back

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — For most students, back to school means unpacking, buying books and getting ready to start class. For more than 200 State University College at Oneonta freshmen, it’s also going to include painting, yard work and helping elementary school teachers organize their classrooms. 

The college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community will host its sixth annual Freshman Service Day today. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students will volunteer at 20 nonprofit sites in and around Oneonta. 

Associate Professor of Sociology Ho Hon Leung and Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures Maria Montoya will join 27 upperclassmen as team leaders. Volunteers will gather at the Goodrich Theater before heading off, via Oneonta Public Transit bus service, to their work sites, which include Hampshire House Home for the Elderly, Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad depot, Milford Historical Society, Oneonta Historical Society, Bugbee Children’s Center, Plains at Parrish Homestead, Greater Plains Elementary School, Springbrook, YMCA Child Enrichment Program, CANO Art Gallery, Head Start and Opportunities for Otsego, Otsego County Conservation Association, Salvation Army Church, Oneonta Nursery School, Riverside Elementary School, Friends of Recovery, College Camp, Lord’s Table, Calvary Hill retreat center and Oneonta Community Christian School.

Working collaboratively with local nonprofits, CSRC connects students with volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Collectively, SUNY Oneonta students volunteer more than 50,000 hours every year in collaboration with nearly 100 different nonprofit agencies in Otsego County.

New SUNY Oneonta students began moving into residence halls on Sunday, classes begin Wednesday.

More information on Freshman Service Day is available from CSRC Director Linda Drake at 436-2633 or Linda.Drake@oneonta.edu.