For the fifth year in a row, Plymouth State University’s Community Service Learning Center is collaborating with the Town of Plymouth to host the March of Dimes WalkAmerica walk-a-thon Sunday, May 7th. Thanks to the generosity of volunteers, walkers, local business leaders and sponsors, Plymouth’s walk site is one of the most successful in New Hampshire: Last year, almost 150 walkers from Plymouth and beyond raised more than $18,000 for March of Dimes programs that benefit infant health.
WalkAmerica is one of many community service events supported by PSU’s Community Service Learning Center. The center is dedicated to living up to the university’s motto, Ut Prosim, (“That I may serve”) by connecting students, faculty and staff with a variety of service opportunities in Plymouth and surrounding communities, in cooperation with local social service organizations.
“The WalkAmerica event provides an opportunity for our students to be involved in a national event, by walking, volunteering or being on the event committee,” says Diane Tillotson of PSU’s Advancement Office. “This event is a great coming-together of town and campus efforts.”
Registration for the walk-a-thon begins at 9 a.m. at Riverfront Park (located next to the Plymouth District Court) and the walk begins at 10 a.m. There are two walking routes available: a one-mile fun walk suitable for families with children, and a three-mile walk. There will be stretching exercises before the walk, as well as music, door prizes and refreshments.
The community will also celebrate another March of Dimes event, Pink & Blue Jeans for Babies Day, Friday, May 5. Pink & Blue Jeans pins will be available for a donation of $1 or more, and March of Dimes supporters are encouraged to wear their pink or blue jeans and pin on Friday.
WalkAmerica sponsor forms, Pink & Blue Jeans pins and March of Dimes beanie bears are available at the Community Service Learning Center office in the Hartman Union Building at Plymouth State University. For more information, please contact Diane Tillotson at (603) 535-2592.
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