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USF program offers high school students service hour opportunities

The University of St. Francis on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.
The University of St. Francis on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis' Pay It Forward program will give local high school students an opportunity to earn service hours while giving back to their community this summer.

Participating high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will spend the majority of their time each day of the program within Joliet between June 22 and June 25 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day, according to a news release.

Volunteers will help at four service sites: the Joliet Hope Center food pantry, the Will County Forest Preserve, Habitat for Humanity and Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home.

The student volunteers will be placed into teams that will work alongside a USF staff member. Those teams will travel via USF buses to a different service site each day. Every student will participate in each of the four experiences.

Rev. Terry Deffenbaugh, a USF chaplain and theology instructor, said the Pay It Forward program focuses on the importance of service, and how it benefits the individual and serves the larger community.

"Service learning at USF provides the opportunity to incorporate the university’s values into learning experiences," Deffenbaugh said in the release.

Deffenbaugh added that those values include service, compassion, integrity and respect.

The Pay It Forward program costs $60 per participant to cover all expenses and materials, including a continental breakfast, snack at the work site, lunch and transportation.

To register, visit stfrancis.edu/payitforward or call 815-740-3605 for more information.

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