CU Serves: Day in the Park, an Online Exclusive
Assistant Managing Editor
Cameron University and the City of Lawton will team up to beautify the Lawton community with Day in the Park on Oct. 11.
The joint effort will start at 9 a.m. and continue into the afternoon. Students will gather at assigned parks throughout the city and partake in such services as weeding, painting and general maintenance – City of Lawton will provide the necessary supplies.
Student Activities Specialist and Day in the Park organizer Leslie Cothren said in a press release that beautifying these parks can help foster a better community.
“The City of Lawton maintains more than 80 neighborhood parks and community centers,” Cothren said in a press release. “One work day with many volunteers can have a significant impact on park maintenance, so we hope to see a large turnout.”
Cothren said that Cameron’s past history with other service projects led to the decision to team up with City of Lawton for Day in the Park.
“We have been doing the MLK Day of Service in January since 2009,” Cothren said. “We have had a fabulous turnout and wanted to provide another opportunity for our clubs and organizations. So, we decided to do the Day in the Park.”According to the Trust for Public Land, parks and open spaces improve a city’s physical and psychological health, strengthen its communities and make a city and its neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work.
Cothren added that Lawton’s 80 parks could use that sort of pick me up to help foster this health and community interaction.
“A clean park can create a safe environment for children to play and gather,” Cothren said. “A safe environment can lead to a healthier and safer life for the community. So, volunteers are making a difference in the lives of children.”
Cothren also mentioned that students could benefit from the experience, especially since it could potentially foster a better relationship between campus and community.
“I think it’s very important for students to get outside of the walls of Cameron,” Cothren said. “Lawton and Cameron have a great relationship, and I think it’s important for the Cameron community to give back to the local community.”
For registration and more information on Day in the Park and other Cameron service projects, like CU Serve on Facebook. All service opportunities will be posted on that page.
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