Centenary students start giving back before the first day of class

Centenary students start giving back before the first day of class

Even before classes begin, students at Centenary College are getting to work. They spent the day off campus giving back, and getting involved in the community.
Even before classes begin, students at Centenary College are getting to work.  They spent the day off campus giving back, and getting involved in the community.
"I feel like I'm making myself at home in Shreveport - just coming here and setting down new stones and setting up new projects for the future," said Simone Byrd, Freshman at Centenary.
This day of service is part of their orientation. The school is launching a new program that partners dorms with community organizations.
"These are non-profit organizations who are proven, have done wonderful things, and continue to do great things.  Students can learn from them," said Chris Lavan, Global Engagement Director.
They'll build lasting relationships with their classmates as they serve others.
"What we've done is each World House or each residence hall is partnered with someone in community who accomplishes one of those goals who practices peace, or sustainability or social justice," said Justin Kirkes, Resident Life Coordinator.
Simone Byrd, and her roommate, Jada Zanalla are living at the World House of Sustainability --- they're partnered with Shreveport Green
"Sustainability is basically environmental that's why we're putting cinder blocks down and we're going to put dirt in them and this will be like a local farm for people who can't get to a grocery store.  They can come here for organic produce," said Zanalla.
Students living at the other dorms will volunteer with the Fuller Center and Community Renewal.
"We want to build and grow more intentional relationships - our students have an opportunity to personally grow in community in a way that they haven't before," said Lavan.
The dorm/non-profit partnerships will last through the school year.

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