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WCU and Town of Sylva to Host ASP’s Day of Service

Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program is partnering with the Town of Sylva to host its annual Day of Service, on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in the Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. ASP students will participate in day-long service projects throughout Jackson County, while a festival to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits and service organizations will be held in the Bridge Park. Aiding in this effort as a community sponsor is Wal-Mart of Sylva. Wal-Mart will act as a collection site from July 5-20, providing shoppers with a Wish List of items for the Community Table, and collecting community donations. In addition to shoppers’ donations, Wal-Mart of Sylva is awarding grants to the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools. With generous contributions from Wal-Mart of Sylva and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, ASP students will be able to donate all proceeds from the event to benefit the three organizations, in addition to donations from Wal-Mart, funds raised by Harrah’s, and those collected by local businesses. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools of the Great Smoky Mountains. The ASP Day of Service Festival will take place in the Bridge Park from 9am-1pm, with music, food, carnival games, arts and crafts, inflatables, and a variety of booths with information on local nonprofits and their efforts. The Farmers’ Market will be held in its usual location next to the park. Meanwhile, ASP students will be volunteering throughout Jackson County, working with Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, Catman2, the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Pathways Thrift Store, Full Spectrum Farms, and several other volunteer projects. To close out the day, a free concert and evening celebration will be held in the Bridge Park from 5pm-9pm. The Day of Service aims to foster the growing relationship between WCU and the community, provide an engaged learning experience for ASP students, and to support vital community service organizations in Jackson County. For more information on ASP or the Day of Service, contact Glenda Hensley, at ghensley@email.wcu.edu or by phone, at 828-227-2786.