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Two OPS/UNO Service Projects Earn Recognition from Nebraska First Lady

Nebraska first lady Sally Ganem recognized the Omaha Public Schools and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative during the 2013 First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award luncheon in April.

A group of South High Magnet students and OPS staff received an award in the Outstanding Service Learning Program category for their collaborative project with UNO known as “Sacred Circle.” The program promotes the Native American culture by bringing together UNO Native American Studies students with Native American students at South High Magnet School. For the last three years, the UNO students have visited South students each week to serve as mentors and work on community service and art projects to foster pride in Native American culture and help develop student leaders.

Norris Middle School students and staff received an award in the Outstanding School Volunteer Program category for their volunteer project “Redbird Closet,” which is a clothing pantry for families in need. Norris Middle School has a Family and Community Room that serves as the hub of their service projects in the school and community. With the help of the UNO Service Learning Academy, Completely Kids and Hanscom Park United Methodist Church, Norris students and staff began collecting clothing for babies, children, teens and adults. Students serve by washing, folding and organizing the clothes and have logged more than 600 community service hours this school year.

These projects were two of 10 recognized at the awards ceremony, which is sponsored by ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission.


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