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Project 2010 is organized by the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

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Project 2010: UT Students Serve the Community

On Feb. 27, more than 1,300 University of Texas at Austin students proved as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said, "The University of Texas is a university that a football team can be proud of." The event was Project 2010 organized by UT's Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC), which is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

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Students dedicated the crisp, sunny Saturday to a day of service in the St. John's neighborhood in northeast Austin, doing repairs, cleaning up, and painting at three area schools, the Virginia Brown Recreation Center, and a number of homes. Also part of Project 2010 was a community resource fair which featured activity booths for school-aged children run by UT students, financial workshops offered by the University Federal Credit Union, and distribution of information about different health and social services programs.

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At noon, a special ceremony was held to thank volunteers and sponsors and to honor the late firefighter, Ed Bridges. Bridges was a well-known, well-liked community liaison for the Austin Fire Department, and a committed member of The Project steering committee. Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr spoke of Bridges' dedication to his community, the AFD's Explorer programs, and the LBJ Fire Academy. Congressman Lloyd Doggett presented Bridges' wife, Debbie, with a flag that had been flown over the Capitol.

Read more about the day and view video on the Texas Exes blog and the KVUE Web site.


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