Students volunteering as part of the 11th annual Spartan Service Day learned how a bioretention cell protects the environment and filters stormwater at the Greensboro Science Center. Students removed invasive weeds and cleaned up a nearby stream to further ensure a healthy environment on the grounds.

Spartans were spread across the City of Greensboro in late August cleaning bikes, painting classrooms, removing invasive weeds and everything in between. Spartan Service Day, in its 11th year at UNC Greensboro, had 170 students participate in community service projects at 14 local organizations.

“Spartan Service Day serves as the first step for students engaging with the community and reaffirms our university motto ‘Service’ anew each year,” said Kristina Gage, UNCG Assistant Director for Community Engagement.

The annual day of service, offered through UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, has come a long way since its beginnings in 2007 with 50 students and just four service projects. The event serves as a stepping stone for students interested in leadership, service and civic engagement.

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Originally published August 21, 2018.

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