INSIDE SHOT — Winter 2008
   

 

Service First Celebrates 10 Years
Incoming freshman volunteers give the hallways of Ford Elementary School in St. Louis a fresh look. The students worked on August 30, 2008, as part of Service First. Founded by the ­University’s Community Service Office in 1999, Service First introduces new students to each other, and to community service opportunities in the St. Louis community. Over the last 10 years, more than 10,000 WUSTL students have taken part. This year, more than 1,000 newly arrived freshmen painted, landscaped, and cleaned 12 St. Louis–area public schools to make the school year more enjoyable for students and their teachers. “It’s hard to imagine that we’ve been doing this for 10 years already,” says Stephanie Kurtzman, director of the Community Service Office and associate director of the Richard A. Gephardt ­Institute for Public Service. “It’s really been a labor of love for us, and we’re happy that we’ve been able to reach out to so many St. Louis–area students. I hope this event will serve as the beginning of a lasting commitment to service by our students.” Service First is a collaborative effort with the school districts of St. Louis, University City, and Wellston, and it is supported ­generously by the Women’s Society of Washington University and local and national businesses. (Photo by Whitney Curtis)