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SPU freshmen begin school with community service

September 28th, 2009 by master

Freshmen at Seattle Pacific University began their first day of college by serving several communities around Seattle.  Nearly 800 students and teachers participated in SPU’s annual CityQuest on Saturday.  The event, which is “strongly recommended” for incoming freshmen, began nearly 20 years ago as a way to help students discover the city, as well as introduce community involvement as part of their college experience. 


After making it through their first year at college, sophmores Anika Severin and Kelsey Lund returned as pod leaders for this year’s CityQuest.  Says Kelsey, “Nothing helps you through awkward times more than doing community service together.”

Painting Fremont Abbey

One group of more than twenty students and a faculty member helped at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, where they painted, cleaned graffiti around the neighborhood, picked up trash and fixed things as needed.  Another group helped refurbish elementary science units at the Seattle School District P-12 Inquiry-Based Science Program on N. 35th St.

SPU has ongoing community projects throughout the year.  If you have a group or non-profit that would like to connect with student groups, register on the school’s Volunteer Database or get on a list for next year’s CityQuest by emailing Owen Sallee at

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SPU starting school year with community service

September 25th, 2009 by master

Nearly 800 SPU students and staff are expected to start the first day of school by serving various communities around Seattle.  On Saturday, from 10:30-2:30, they will take part in an annual community service orientation called “CityQuest“.  Below is a picture from last year’s project at Sacred Heart Shelter in Lower Queen Anne.  (Thanks, Owen!)

CityQuest 2008

CityQuest is a 20-year-tradition aimed at introducing community service to the whole college experience.  Projects include removing graffiti, fixing houses and cleaning parks at 32 sites in different neighborhoods.

In Fremont, students and staff will be at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, where they will be doing outdoor neighborhood cleaning, interior painting and cleaning, and carpentry work.  Another group will help at the Seattle School District P-12 Inquiry-Based Science Program, where they will refurbish elementary science units.

For a complete list of all the CityQuest projects around town, click here.

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