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February 22, 2002
Vol. 43 No. 16

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Volunteers repaint center

Painting the night away
The Crusader/Tony Fortunato
PAINTING THE NIGHT AWAY - Sophomore Will Conklin paints a wall in the Lewisburg Senior Center Saturday. S.H.O.E. and Alpha Phi Omega volunteered their time to aid the center.
Thanks to Students Helping Our Elderly and Alpha Phi Omega, the Lewisburg Senior Center now boasts a new coat of paint.

The two groups joined together Saturday, Feb.16 to paint the center.

The Lewisburg Senior Center was recently given a grant by the government to redo a room in the basement, and the students helped to cut the costs of the remodeling by painting.

It will become a recreational room with exercise equipment for the residents, according to sophomore Richard Spots, project manager of S.H.O.E.

"I thought that it went well and it is definitely something that we will do again," Spotts said.

Ten students volunteered to paint the Lewisburg Senior Center: Spotts; freshmen Mark Valigorsky and Chris Watkins; sophomores Tony Fortunado, John Palmasano, Matt O'Malley, Will Conklin and Brian Card; junior Jen Brennan and senior Jason Keener.

"I am not in any organizations but I just went to help out," Brennan said.

"The room was an old preschool classroom. We prepped it and we plan on coming back in the future," she added.

The group worked from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Everybody had a great time," Spotts said.

"It's good once in awhile for S.H.O.E. to get outside and really help the community as part of our new outreach program," O'Malley said. "It's great to help the community with whatever they need."

S.H.O.E. is a volunteer organization at Susquehanna dedicated to helping, serving and spending time with elderly in the Selinsgrove and Sunbury areas.

Students travel to the Selinsgrove Senior Center and to individual residences to assist local seniors in everyday activities, Spotts said.

Alpha Phi Omega is a National Service Fraternity.

The purpose of the fraternity is to assemble college and university students in the fellowship and principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service, according to its Web site.

The members of Alpha Phi Omega are comprised of young men and women in colleges and universities in over 300 active chapters in the United States and all over the world.

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