Fall Semester classes at the University of Minnesota Crookston start Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Read more on that on page 3 of today’s Times). But Golden Eagle fall student-athletes have been on campus for weeks, and incoming freshmen and other students new to the campus are arriving as you read this and preparing for a weekend filled with student orientation activities.
If you’re out and about Saturday morning and see young people here and there who appear to be doing community service projects, that will be the annual Meet Crookston Through Service initiative you’re witnessing.
Student groups are scheduled to do volunteer service projects at sites such as North Country Food Bank, Washington School, Fire Department, Castle Park, Carman Park, Care and Share, Oakdale Cemetery, Humane Society of Polk County, Polk County Historical Society, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum, Villa/SUMMIT assisted living, and Sun, Country and You. A group will also travel to Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.
The event is being organized by Lisa Loegering, assistant director of the UMC Office of Community Engagement, and VISTA volunteer Katie Schneider.
Later on Saturday, the students will join their “community partners” from the various service sites for a dinner that will give everyone a chance to share their thoughts on what the MCTS experience has meant to them.