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Pfeiffer students volunteer during 9/11 National Day of Service

To commemorate Sept. 11, Pfeiffer University students supported 9/11 National Day of Service by volunteering with a Stanly County Habitat Build in Oakboro, N.C. The house is being built for Reba Poplin, a Pfeiffer employee who works in the business office. Organized by the Francis Center for Servant Leadership, the student crew built a back deck for the house, constructed a roof for a utility shed, and installed insulation under the house.

“We always say Pfeiffer is a family but working on Reba's house put action to those words. Families help each other, and now we can really say we are family, said student volunteer Diamond Pate.

The service project is part of a series of Saturdays of Service developed by the Francis Center to promote and expose students to volunteer opportunities. Participants with the September 11, 2010 Habitat Build included students Ruth Dimmett, Jenny Hicks, Steven Jordan, Eric Sekercan, Chris Rain, Derek Roach, Beth Kauffman, Will Wright, Diamond Pate, Clarissa Reece, Alex Ellenburg and faculty/staff advisor Jonathan Rowe.
The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of a seven-year effort started by 9/11 family members and support groups to establish the service day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks. September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President Barack Obama in April.

For more information about service opportunities at Pfeifffer, please contact the Francis Center for Servant Leadership at (704) 463-3440 or


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