Troy University students remember terrorist attacks with week of service

Posted: Tuesday, 8 September 2015


TROY – Troy University students will fan out throughout the area this week displaying their Trojan Warrior spirit of service.

Students will take part in various community service projects as a part of the Fall Week of Service. The annual event was begun to pay tribute to the victims, survivors and first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is presented by the University’s Office of Civic Engagement.

Today, students will deliver meals as a part of the University’s Campus Kitchens program and will provide tutoring for students at the Christian Love Center.

On Wednesday, students will read to children at the local Head Start program, pack and prepare Backpacks for Kids and lead recreational activities and provide tutoring for the children at the Christian Love Center.

On Thursday, students will volunteer as a part of the community garden project at the Colley Senior Center and prepare meals for the Campus Kitchens program.

On Friday, students will help with renovation projects at the Boys and Girls Club, as well as working with Campus Kitchens and providing activities for children at the Christian Love Center.

On Saturday, students will work in the community garden project at the Christian Love Center and assists with cleaning grounds and maintenance projects at the Pioneer Museum.

For Troy University, the goal of the event is to strengthen the community by meeting local needs, said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of service learning and civic engagement.

"This is our fifth year offering service activities around the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and each year our students turn out in mass to assist our local community and connect to community needs," Cellon said. "TROY students bring energy, creativity and enthusiasm with them as they work with our valuable community agencies that are on the front lines of serving individuals and improving our community each day."

In addition to the community service projects conducted by students, Troy University media will feature programming remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks and celebrating service to others.

TROY TrojanVision will feature programming throughout the week, including a documentary about the 9/11 attacks and the short feature, “Boatlift,” an untold tale of resilience in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

In addition, TrojanVision will air a one-on-one interview with Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of TROY’s service learning and civic engagement programs. Also during the week, TrojanVision will air an interview with TROY alumnus Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, as well as video of the White House ceremony at which he was presented with the Medal of Honor.

For a schedule of the airing of these special programs, click the program schedule link at

Also, Troy Public Radio will be airing a special interview on Thursday with the nieces of Rosa Parks, who made a visit to the Rosa Parks Museum last fall and reflected on their aunt’s legacy of service and activism.

Amy Spurlock

A Troy University student reading to local schoolchildren as part of a service learning project in the Troy community.