Workdays signal ‘Light the Way’

Santa Claus at 2011 Edition of Light the Way
Santa Claus at 2011 edition of Light the Way

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“Volunteer and have holiday cheer,” the flier says.

Christmas in September? No, not quite. But it’s a sign of things to come when the annual fall “Light the Way” workdays get under way at the University of the Incarnate Word.

The workdays will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 22, in Marian Hall Ballroom.

That’s when Kayla Rice, special events coordinator for the Office of Public Relations, said she hopes to see many UIW students earning community service hours required for graduation as they check a million Christmas bulbs to see if they still work.

The bulbs are stringed up annually across the campus later this fall for the 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 kickoff of “Light the Way,” an annual holiday kickoff the Saturday before Thanksgiving started more than 25 years ago by Dr. Lou J. Agnese Jr., UIW’s president.

Agnese was in town interviewing for the job that now leaves him amongst the longest-serving presidents in the nation when he was inspired during a tour of the Christmas lighting he saw in the Windcrest area.

Now “Light the Way” has become a celebration that attracts thousands to Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium for the kickoff ceremony.

At the workdays, students also will get a free breakfast, participate in games and possibly win prizes. After the workdays, student organizations can compete for prizes offered in the Oct. 20 “Light the Way Display Board Paint Day and Contest” that will be conducted 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dubuis Lawn. Organizations have until Sept. 28 to register for the contest. The boards also are displayed around the campus during “Light the Way.”

The boards’ “design must reflect the organization’s interpretation of ‘Light the Way,’ ” Rice said.

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