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Students and residents join to Make a Difference

10/22/2002

The Miami University Make A Difference Day committee has signed volunteers for local projects occurring on or around Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 26.

Make A Difference Day, in its 11th year of coordinated volunteer projects, has become the largest community service effort in the nation.

Miami projects include:

• Starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 26, students will clean the Mile Square area in central Oxford as well as help neighbors with yard or housework and other projects in a City-Wide Projects activity.

• From 1-4 p.m., Miami students join students from Talawanda elementaries to present a Haunted Harvest at the Oxford View Nursing Center, 6099 Fairfield Road. Students will make crafts and play cards with ,and entertain residents and families and offer a trick-or-treat for the elementary children.

• Other projects include a Workout for Wishes 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 29. The workout will feature several areas of circuit training at Miami University’s recreational sports center. All proceeds from donations for participation will go to the Oxford United Way.

• CANstruction, in which canned goods are artfully and architecturally built into a structure, unites Make a Difference volunteers with Delta Sigma Pi and elementary students. Donated canned goods will be collected at Kramer and Marshall elementaries beginning the end of October and through community initiatives and Miami student organizations beginning Nov. 1. On Nov. 13, architecture students of Miami professor Gail DellaPiana and members of Delta Sigma Pi and the Make A Difference Day committee will build can structures with elementary students in their schools. Cans will be donated to the Kiwanis food drive on November 15.

For more information about the national Make A Difference Day, call the Make A Difference Day Hot Line at 1-800-416-3824 or go online at www.makeadifferenceday.com.

For more information on Miami University initiatives, contact Michelle Jones, Miami’s Make A Difference president, at 513-523-5361 or via e-mail at Jonesme1@muohio.edu.

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