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September 21, 2012

Langston nursing students prepare for service day

STILLWATER, Okla. — A new spin on an annual tradition is taking place with Stillwater and Langston University nursing students Wednesday.

Approximately 70 Langston nursing students will take part in helping the Stillwater community  through various projects on Langston University’s Day of Caring on Wednesday.

“We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity and we’ve got a group of about 70 students,” said Langston University Instructor Pamela Stokes. “Some of us will do a neighborhood cleanup. Some of them will be at a construction site building a home. The third group will be at a couple of older homes that they are repainting and fixing up for some families. The last group will work at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.”

The traditional event used to be a way for faculty to thank students.

“We used to do things for them including having a big lunch catered in and we’d do games and team building activities with our students,” Stokes said. “This year, (the students) said they would rather give to somebody else.”

Many of the homes being tended to are owned by the elderly who may need assistance with lawn care and house maintenance, she said.

“We’ve got such a large group of students this year and they’ve been very involved in community service,” she said.

Stokes said this new event will continue on for years.

Langston University nursing students are transported to Stillwater Medical Center for clinicals.

“I think this was just an opportunity for us to showcase that Langston wants to work with the community and wants to be involved,” Stokes said. “We actually do have a student nurses association that loves to do community work if anyone was looking for some help.”

To inquire about volunteer service, contact the Langston University Nursing School office at 466-3425.

The group of students will meet at 9 a.m. at the Stillwater Habitat for Humanity and split into teams from there.

Stokes said she expects the groups will work for approximately six hours.

Anyone who would like to assist the nursing students may call Stephanie with Habitat for Humanity at 377-0403.

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