LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Student Veterans Association (UKSVA) conducted its first service event of the year at Lexington's Cardinal Valley Elementary school Oct.18. The event, “Sisterhood” involved a group of five female college students visiting the school for a discussion with fourth and fifth grade girls. The discussions included what to expect in middle school, future goals and how to deal with certain challenges that will come in life. UKSVA also gave the girls notebooks and makeup bags with self-care items inside.
The UKSVA intends to expand community outreach during the 2019-2020 school year with several service events planned for the fall. The partnership with Cardinal Valley Elementary School will be continued with a “Brotherhood” event Friday, Nov. 22. This event, similar to “Sisterhood,” will give an opportunity for young boys in elementary school to receive the same mentorship from male college students. UKSVA is continuing its yearly partnership with the UK Veterans Resource Center to conduct a toy drive for veteran and military affiliated families. Toy donations will be accepted starting today (Friday), Nov. 1.
The UKSVA is a group of veteran and military affiliated students dedicated to helping foster community and advocating for the adult-student learner population on campus. The organization fills various roles for its members socially, professionally and philanthropically, while focusing on helping them thrive in a collegiate environment and beyond.
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