WCU, town of Sylva hosting ASP’s Day of Service

Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program is partnering with the town of Sylva to host its annual Day of Service on Saturday, July 20, in the Bridge Park in downtown Sylva.

ASP students will participate in daylong service projects throughout Jackson County, while a festival to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits and service organizations will be held in the Bridge Park.

Leading up to the day, community sponsor Walmart of Sylva will serve as a collection site from July 5-20, collecting community donations and providing shoppers with a “wish list” of items that may be purchased and donated to the Community Table.

Thanks to contributions from Walmart of Sylva and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, ASP students will be able to donate all proceeds from the event to benefit the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need and Communities in Schools of the Great Smoky Mountains, said Glenda Hensley, director of WCU’s First Year Experience program and among the event organizers.

The ASP Day of Service Festival will take place at the park from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with music, food, carnival games, arts and crafts, inflatable games, and a variety of booths with information on local nonprofits and their efforts.

In addition, ASP students will be volunteering throughout Jackson County, working with Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, Catman2, the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Pathways Thrift Store, Full Spectrum Farms and several other volunteer projects. A free concert and evening celebration will close out the day in the Bridge Park from 5 until 9 p.m.

The ASP program assists students in making a successful transition to WCU and includes opportunities for students to become fully engaged as members of the university and the local community. Students in the program begin their college experience early by participating in a six-week summer session prior to the fall semester of their freshman year.

The Day of Service aims to foster the growing relationship between WCU and the community, provide an engaged learning experience for ASP students and support vital community service organizations in Jackson County, Hensley said.

For more information on ASP or the Day of Service, contact Hensley at ghensley@wcu.edu or by phone at 828-227-2786.