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'32 for 32' service project honors lives lost on April 16 and their commitment to helping others


BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 14, 2011 – As the Virginia Tech prepares for its 2011 Day of Remembrance, all students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends are being asked to pledge 32 hours of community service in honor of the 32 lives lost on April 16, 2007.

“As we again come together as a community to remember those who died four years ago, what a better way to honor them than by emulating their commitment to helping others and bettering society by engaging in community service,” said Student Government Association President Bo Hart of Columbia S.C., a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science and member of the April 16 Student Planning Committee.

Toward that end, the student planning committee created the “32 for 32” service project initiative to run during the 2010-2011 academic year. Participants may use and record any service hours completed since July 1, 2010, and should include special and ongoing projects through campus, community, and religious organizations.

Participants are asked to complete their 32 hours of community service on or before April 16, 2011.

To pledge and/or record community service hours, please visit the VT-ENGAGE website.

Those participating in the “32 for 32” service initiative are encouraged to join others at the 2011 Day of Remembrance community picnic to be held on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the Drillfield.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.