Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

‘Into the Streets’ Celebrates 20 Years

 

Blue Jays “flew into the streets” this autumn to celebrate the 20th annual Into the Streets event. From raking leaves to volunteering at food banks, students exemplified the College’s motto “Educate for Service” as they embarked on service projects throughout the local community. This year, the event drew more than 400 student, faculty and staff participants, including four Board of Trustees members.

Into the Streets is sponsored by the College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement but, for the most part, it is student run. This year, senior Emily Gockley and junior Jessica Leidy served as  head coordinators. “Simply put, [Into the Streets] is the motto in action,” Leidy said of what drew her to help plan the event. “It was seeing students help the community that sparked my interest.”

Organization of this year’s event began in November 2012 when the theme, coordinators and date were selected. “This year’s theme, ‘Flying into the Streets,’ was chosen because of its connection to the Blue Jay mascot. Since it’s the 20th anniversary, we wanted it directly tied into E-town,” Gockley said.

In celebration of two decades of service, E-town’s Into the Streets incorporated three large projects—working with Global Aid Network, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Elizabethtown Borough. The service did not stop at E-town, however. Three alumni chapters—Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—hosted satellite events, which occurred simultaneously with E-town’s.

This is a great way to lift up ‘Educate for Service’ as a continuing theme that you don’t forget about, or that ceases to exist when you leave E-town 

“This is a great way to lift up ‘Educate for Service’ as a continuing theme that you don’t forget about, or that ceases to exist when you leave E-town,” said Mark Clapper, director of Alumni Relations.

Elizabethtown is one of many colleges throughout the nation that participates in Into the Streets. The day of service began in 1994, when 77 representatives from national nonprofit institutions, service agencies, student community service programs, colleges and universities shared the idea of a call to action.

Center for Community and Civic Engagement