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David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Students at Cedar Crest College kick off academic year with Day of Service on August 21

Allentown, PA (August 20, 2009)--Cedar Crest College is well known for its community service efforts, and the campus will waste no time this semester in getting the ball rolling during its Day of Service on Friday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

First-time college students and transfer students--as well as other members of the Cedar Crest community--will be visiting two dozen shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen homes and other organizations in the Lehigh Valley and assisting with myriad projects. A few of the organizations being aided include Sixth Street Shelter and Head Start in Allentown, New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem, and Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville.

"Cedar Crest College believes in experiential education. Intellectual opportunities extend beyond the walls of the College," said Denise O'Neill, acting dean of student affairs. "Our overall goal is the ongoing pursuit of continuous service, locally and globally. During orientation, we plant the seed through the Day of Service program."

The Day of Service highlights the College's commitment to incorporating community service into programs of study. It is used as an outside-the-classroom learning experience for students and provides faculty with the opportunity to work with students on a personal level as they accomplish a goal together. Last year, Cedar Crest College students performed more than 24,000 hours of community service in the greater Lehigh Valley.

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