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Students host third annual CommUNITY Cares Day on April 17

Wake Forest University School of Law students are planning the third annual “CommUNITY Cares Day” at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, at Kimberley Park Elementary School, 1701 Cherry St., in Winston-Salem.

Last year, more than 70 students, faculty and staff from the law school and Kimberley Park worked together to improve the school’s grounds by completing landscaping and other beautification and educational projects.

Organizers are hoping to draw an even bigger crowd this year, said third-year law student and event organizer Katie Beckman.

Law students collected donations from businesses across Winston-Salem and used them to plant numerous new trees, bulbs and a vegetable garden on the school’s grounds, in addition to clearing out decaying plants and debris.

"CommUNITY Cares Day is a fairly new tradition to the law school where we as law students take time out of busy schedule (of studying, preparing briefs/memos, arguing) and help out the community we are surrounded by," she said. 

CommUNITY Cares Day is organized by the law school Youth Advocacy Group (YAG), though non-members of the group are still highly encouraged to attend.

In addition to this event, YAG members spend time helping local youth in several other ways, such as tutoring, recreational coaching and even representation of children in domestic disputes.

The 2009 event resulted in about 250 man-hours of donated time that allowed the groups to plant trees, create new, full flowerbeds and ready a garden for the children to grow their own food and learn about food-source issues.

– By Will Johnston