Local nonprofit agencies and several Kansas University projects received an extra jolt of student power from Super Service Saturday, the last official event of this year’s annual Hawk Week.
About 200 students joined in, traveling to 13 sites across the area, where they pitched in by painting, cleaning or landscaping at agencies such as Independence Inc., Clinton State Park and the Social Service League.
“We’re trying to get them a cool variety of experiences,” said Emily Lamb from the Center for Community Outreach at KU, which organized the annual event. The goal was lending a helping hand to the local nonprofits, and also encouraging KU students to volunteer.
“Hopefully, we’ll inspire them,” she said.
Aubrey Hood, a KU sophomore, was out with about a dozen other students landscaping at the rain garden in front of KU’s Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center. Hood was all smiles, chatting with the other volunteers. She said she came to the event with someone she met at the residence halls and thought it would be a good opportunity to meet some new people.
“And you get free food and free T-shirts,” Hood said.