Dominican College in Orangeburg will host a community event Sept. 11 in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Dominican is pairing with the United Way of Westchester on a service project to create art reflecting the tragic events of that day. It is open to the public and will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Room in Rosary Hall at 480 Western Highway.
"We've been working with the United Way since last year trying to increase service in our college-age students," said Dominican College Assistant Director of Residence Life Christine Dilts, who is organizing the event. "Judy Douglas (of the United Way) asked if we wanted to work together on a service project as part of the 9/11 week of remembrance they are promoting.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to host and showcase our school and our students and their talents. Art is very popular with the students. It's a wonderful opportunity to hav ethem exercise their civility and be community member and contribute to the greater good. It was a no-brainer."
Art supplies will be provided, though participants are also welcome to bring their own. Anyone interested in taking part should pre-register through the United Way website here. All finished pieces of art will be donated to a local veteran's agency.
Dilts said that Douglas came up with the idea when she saw students creating art during a joint Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service.
"It was her idea to really mjatch these talents of our group of students who were volunteering to do an art project," Dilts said.
Though Dominican College students will be taking part, the event is open to the public. There will be a prayer and moment of silence at hte start led by Sister Barbara McEneany.
"It is an opportunity for artful expression for anybody who has that kind of inclination," Dilts said.