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UNL service group makes Imperial one of 13 stops across Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

    Residents at Imperial Heights and the Imperial Manor/Parkview enjoyed a visit Saturday from a group of 13 University of Nebraska-Lincoln seniors.
    The Innocents Society, UNL’s long­est standing honorary comprised of 13 seniors, made Imperial one of its 13 stops in communities across Nebraska in a four-day service effort.
    Organization members said it chose to reach out to numerous communities across the state and give people a reason to focus on service for a weekend.
    Imperial was its eighth stop in 13 communities that started last Thursday and concluded Sunday.
    While here, the 13 UNL seniors helped serve lunch at Manor/Parkview and the Heights, then spent a time socializing with residents.
    It was clearly a joy to residents to have the young adults visit.
    Elnor Brown said, “It’s always nice to have young people here.”
    Calling the event “iVan (Innocents Volunteer Across Nebraska), the group will travel a distance that exceeds the trip from Lincoln to Boston by 10 miles.
    Other communities on the trip, where various service projects were also completed, included Decatur, Newcastle, Albion, O’Neill, Valentine, Chadron, Ogallala, Stapleton, Sumner, Hastings, Fairbury and Tecumseh.
    Some of the service projects conducted in other communities included local park beautification projects and serving meals at a drug/alcohol rehab center.
    Two members of the current Innocents Society include area students, Matt Weber of Ogallala and Danielle Peterson of Paxton.
    Craig Davidson of Imperial, a junior at UNL, has been chosen as an Innocents Society member for the 2009-2010 school year.
    Members of the Innocents Society are selected based on academic excellence, leadership and service. It has been a presence on the UNL campus since its founding in 1903.
    Some of the organization’s alumni include Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, Tennessee Titans linebacker Kyle Vanden Bosch and University of Nebraska President James Milliken.
    Jo Leyland coordinated the group’s service project in Imperial. Frenchman Valley Coop. donated fuel toward their travels.