This Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the second year the date is a National Day of Service. Senior Dan Boysen ’11 is leading the Colleges in this year’s service act. This week, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute their thoughts and pledges of service via note cards that will be available in the Scandling Campus Center. On Saturday evening, Sept. 11, the notes and candles will line the sidewalks of campus around Scandling for all to read and reflect upon.
Tables will be set up in the Scandling Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Boysen notes everyone is different and there isn’t a standard form to what people will write, but he hopes that each note will ultimately represent a good deed.
Last year, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, establishing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks and those who served in their response. Named for late Ted Kennedy in memory of his penchant for service in the name of social good, the act serves to encourage people to remember what was lost through service to their community, thereby creating something positive and simultaneously respecting those who served and gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Heather Cosgrove ’10 and Lindsay Hagan ’11 led the campus in writing pledges on a quilt square. The quilt was then subsequently displayed as a mosaic representation of the Colleges’ support.