(March 31, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary College Turns Out for Big Event

More than 300 people help clean up Highland neighborhood.

March 30, 2008
By Bobbie J. Clark
The Shreveport Times

Their group consisted of only five people, but they had to be one of the most diverse that participated in Centenary College's first BIG Event.

Centenary College senior Megan Ottesen and freshman Meg Shanks teamed up with exchange students Laetitia Caloone, who is French, Maya Trinkjaer, who is Danish, and Vanisa Tang, who is from Hong Kong, to do some yard work on Highland Avenue.

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They were among more than 300 people from the private Shreveport school who took part in the community service project Saturday in the city's Highland neighborhood.

People from the community submitted requests to the college for help with household tasks like scraping and repainting shutters, raking, weeding, yard work, picking up trash, cleaning sidewalks, etc.

Volunteer teams then canvassed the neighborhoods and completed all the jobs. Each volunteer received a T-shirt, a bottle of water and snack.

"We raked a bunch of leaves and cleaned the dirt out of the street," said Otteson.

It was nice being able to get out and give something back to the community, she said.

"This gives me something to do on Saturday. It's better than sleeping in."

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About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrates 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.