Hundreds turn out to Treasure Savannah
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The day following President Linda M. Bleicken's inauguration as Armstrong's seventh president on September 17, the university community turned to the City of Savannah with open arms in the first “Treasure Savannah” day of service. More than 400 students, faculty and staff volunteers, donning yellow t-shirts, left the campus by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and headed for nonprofit organizations across the city to provide community service.
“Treasure Savannah: Aye Give Back” was the name students chose for the event in accordance with the school's Pirate mascot. The event brought volunteers to lend a hand at the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, Union Mission and America's Second Harvest, among other nonprofits.
“This is the highlight of a busy and wonderful week as we continue to celebrate Armstrong's 75th anniversary,” said President Bleicken. “Being a part of a group of students, faculty and staff as they recognize the positive impact they can have on the community is a powerful reminder of what we can do working together.”
The day also included visits to the West Broad Street YMCA, Hospice Savannah, the Savannah Urban Garden Alliance, Keep Savannah Beautiful and Hunter Army Airfield.
Bleicken's desire to follow her inauguration with a day of service will likely establish a new tradition for the Armstrong Pirates. Since her arrival at Armstrong in July 2009, President Bleicken has expressed a dedication to have Armstrong continue to deepen its tradition of service in the community.
Jason Tatlock, assistant professor of history, and Chris Nowicki, assistant director of Student Union and Activities worked over several months to coordinate the event.
“Armstrong is proud to be a part of the Savannah community. For a lot of our students, Savannah is their home and this gives them an opportunity to give back,” said Nowicki.
Those who are involved in nonprofit work across the region know well the value that Armstrong brings to the community.
“I like the maturity level of students at Armstrong,” said John Kendricks, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire. “They have shown a high degree of dedication to their little ones and to help turn a child's life around.”