WCU ASP Day of Service set for July 19 at Sylva’s Bridge Park

Students in Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program are collaborating with the town of Sylva, Wal-Mart of Sylva, Lowe’s of Sylva, Sylva Rotary Club and several area businesses and nonprofit agencies to host the fourth annual Day of Service on Saturday July 19, at Bridge Park.

The festival in the park will include games, food and music from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lowe’s will sponsor a booth where children can make a creation of their own. Local nonprofits and local emergency agencies, including Sparky the Dog, will be at the festival to provide information about their services. Proceeds from this event directly benefit Jackson Neighbors in Need, Communities in Schools of the Great Smoky Mountains and The Community Table.

Throughout the day, ASP students will be volunteering in a variety of service projects throughout Jackson County. The service project sites include Catman2, Cullowhee Community Garden, Habitat Thrift Store, Library Thrift Store, Pathways Thrift Store, Sylva Rotary traffic islands, Teen Challenge Thrift Store, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River creek cleanup, and roadside cleanup along N.C. Highway 107.

Donations, volunteers and support from local businesses have helped to make this event possible, said Janina DeHart, WCU assistant director of academic transition and success. Wal-Mart of Sylva is providing food, and Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro is providing the entertainment.

Other local sponsors – including Perk and Pastry, City Lights Café, The River Jordan Christian Store, In Your Ear Music Emporium, Mad Batter Food & Film, Lulu’s On Main, Heinzelmachenn Brewery, Survival Pride Clothing, Jack The Dipper, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library and Catamount Athletics – also are making contributions to the Day of Service. Those businesses and organizations are providing prizes for a raffle sponsored by the town of Sylva, hosting donation jars and making monetary contributions to local nonprofits.

A new component to the ASP Day of Service this year is Desserts Downtown, to be held Friday, July 18, in conjunction with Concerts on the Creek. The purchase of a $5 ticket will allow the bearer to get three sample desserts from any of the participating restaurants between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets for Desserts Downtown can be purchased through Lori Overstreet in the Office of First Year Experience at Western Carolina University, Soul Infusion, or any of the participating restaurants – Lulu’s on Main, City Lights Cafe, Mad Batter Food and Film, and Perk and Pastry.

For more information about ASP Day of Service or Desserts Downtown, contact Lori Overstreet by email at looverstreet1@catamount.wcu.edu or by phone at 828-227-3017.