Clayton State University’s November Service Learning Series is dedicated to raising awareness about poverty and the homeless population.
On Friday, Nov. 18, the entire Clayton State community is invited to participate in the annual Clayton State “Sleep Out” to raise awareness about poverty and issues facing the homeless population. The evening will begin at 7 p.m., with a Hunger Banquet in the Student Activities Center, a hands-on, interactive session that allows participants to gain new perspectives on poverty and hopefully feel motivated to do something about it.
After the Hunger Banquet, starting around 8:15 p.m., and throughout the evening, films and documentaries addressing poverty and homelessness will be shown. Following each film, there will be time set aside for guided reflections and discussions regarding issues raised in the films.
The Sleep-Out will take place on the large open area outside the Student Activities Center -- The Green. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Participants at the “Sleep Out” are encouraged to dress warmly and bring sleeping bags or blankets. Food and access to restrooms will be provided. Donations of toilet paper, children’s diapers and cleaning products (bleach, cleansers, sponges, detergent) will be collected for Calvary Refuge Center. For additional information, contact LaShanda Hardin in the Department of Campus Life at 678-466-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November’s Service Learning activities will start on Monday, Nov. 14. Through Thursday, Nov. 17, for 25 cents student can purchase and display a soup can on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center. All proceeds will benefit the Calvary Refuge Center.
Students are also encouraged to attend a presentation, sponsored by the Clayton State Political Science Department, on social justice, being given by Tim Franzen, organizer of the Occupy Atlanta movement and co-founder of the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, on Tuesday Nov. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in room 272 of the Baker Center.
Additionally, donations will be collected for a new program called the Laker Care Closet. This program will allow Clayton State students to discreetly and anonymously get the help they need with food and clothing. The Laker Care Closet will accept: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, boxed macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and dry cereal. New or clean and gently used jeans, shirts sweaters and coats of all sizes will also be accepted.