Whitworth students, staff and faculty to team with Spokane nonprofits for Community Building Day

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On Sept. 17, approximately 1,000 Whitworth students, faculty and staff will lend a hand to nonprofit organizations across Spokane in efforts to help strengthen the community, according to a press release.

Community Building Day is an annual Whitworth event that began in 1907 as a student-led campus-beautification endeavor called Campus Day. In the 1990s the event began partnering with local nonprofits.

Unique to this year’s event is an address given by Whitworth President Beck Taylor at Holmes Elementary School at 8:45 a.m., and an on-campus student-led workshop on how families can use digital and social-media tools to communicate during challenging times.]

As our students serve side by side with Spokane agencies, they develop a sense of being a part of the Whitworth community,” said Ross Brooke Watts, assistant director of service-learning and community engagement at Whitworth in a press release. “At the same time, they have an opportunity to develop a deeper connection with Spokane. Through service, they come to know the challenges facing our community, its many strengths and its people. This context helps them to feel at home in Spokane and to feel empowered to make a difference.”

Two workshop sessions will be offered during the event; the first is from 9-10:30 a.m., and the second is from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Both will take place at Whitworth, in Hawthorne Hall, Room 112. 

For more information call Erica Salkin at 777-4704 or by e-mail at esalkin@whitworth.edu.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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