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NKU Students, Community to Spruce Up Highland Heights, Plant Crops

The Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement will host its 2014 Spring into Service on Saturday.

This annual community service project brings students, faculty, staff, and community members together to volunteer on projects and improvements in and around Highland Heights. This year’s volunteer opportunities range from sprucing up a historic cemetery to planting crops at the gardens of Giving Fields, a favorite project of past participants. Giving Fields is an organization that harvests fresh produce to benefit local food pantries.

“NKU students contribute thousands of hours of service to the nonprofits in northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati during the year,” said Mark Neikirk, director of the Scripps Howard Center. “But on April 5, their focus will be on Highland Heights, our most immediate community. It’s especially rewarding for us to give back to our hometown.”

Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on NKU’s campus. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and members of the community will gather before dispersing to provide service to local sites. At noon, volunteers are invited to return to NKU for a free celebratory lunch, games, and raffles.

This year, the event will tap into Norse pride with a black-and-gold competition built in. The student groups that volunteer the largest percentage of their organization’s members will earn a $100 grant to the philanthropy of their choice. A winner will be selected from each of the two groups ‒ black (student organizations with 40 members or fewer) and gold (student organizations with 41 members or more).

More than 70 people have already signed up, but there’s still time. Community members are welcome to volunteer, too, and will work side-by-side with the NKU volunteer teams. Anyone under 18 must sign up with a parent or guardian. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver.

For more information visit To register for this event, visit For further information contact Collette Thompson at (859) 572-7847 or [email protected] at the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

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