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Twenty-five to 30 first-year students will perform volunteer service in Easton before taking their first class at Lafayette this fall.

The newcomers will work with current students in two pre-orientation service camps sponsored by Lafayette’s Landis Community Outreach Center from Aug 19-22 — Kids In Community (KIC) day camp and Habitat Camp, which partners with the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate and the Wildlands Conservancy, a local environmental group. Taken on a first-come, first-served basis, they will be notified of their enrollment in the service program in July.

The theme for this year’s KIC Camp is volunteering. The camp has expanded to 80 children, ranging from nine to 15 years old. “We want the kids to become more involved in their own community to show them the importance of giving back,” says KIC Camp co-director Kim Miller ’03, a chemistry major from Portland, Ore. “Our projects are aimed at improving the Easton community.” The other KIC Camp student co-director is Katie Lowe ’02, a biology major from Norristown, Pa.

To deal with the increase in children, the Lafayette KIC Camp staff will have 15 to 16 first-year students and a crew of current students that has been expanded from five to eight: Kristen Radecsky ’04, a prospective chemistry major from Flemington, N.J.; Katie Brown ’04, a prospective economics and business major from Shillington, Pa.; Bill Simmons ’04, a prospective engineering major from Trenton, N.J.; Liz Edwards ’04 of Belle Mead, N.J.; Mike Altmeier ’04, a prospective engineering major from Philadelphia, Pa.; Jen Gentile ’03 of Media, Pa.; Sylvia Anserian ’04, a prospective psychology major from River Edge, N.J.; and Angie Kulbick ’02, a chemistry major from Cinnaminson, N.J.

Angela Cox ’03, a math major from Easton, Pa., and Christine Bender ’04, a prospective neuroscience major from Gibsonia, Pa., will serve as this year’s Habitat Camp director and assistant director, respectively. They were responsible for handling logistics during the spring and summer. Upon returning in August, eight additional current students will join to help with last-minute planning. Ten incoming students also will participate in the program.

Both camps are overseen by the Landis Center professional staff. Each works separately during the day, but they often join each other for evening educational and social activities. Last year, incoming students toured downtown Easton, played miniature golf, and learned about Lafayette College from current students.

The past Habitat Camp had students putting up drywall and repairing the interior of local homes. Volunteers also spent a few days clearing trails along the Lehigh Canal while on foot and in canoes. Students in the KIC Camp facilitated arts and crafts and games for children, in addition to spending a day at the Franklin Institute and swimming.

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