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DATE: Jan. 28, 2005

Friends of the Rouge seeks local college students as volunteers

DEARBORN---The Friends of the Rouge, a community volunteer organization with offices on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, is seeking College Student Assistant (CSA) volunteers to help with this year's Rouge Education Project.

The Rouge Education Project is a school-based water quality monitoring program that engages nearly 100 elementary, middle and high schools each year.
No experience is necessary to volunteer. All training is provided, according to Christina Bartoli, Rouge Education Project associate coordinator for Friends of the Rouge.

As CSA volunteers, local college students will be trained in water quality monitoring techniques and paired with an elementary, middle or high school in the project. Volunteers will assist that school on a field trip to the Rouge River, where the students will conduct an assessment of the river's water quality.

The volunteers must attend a brief orientation on Tuesday, March 8 and a day-long workshop on Saturday, March 19. Volunteers also will be expected to help facilitate a day-long training workshop on Saturday, April 9, as well as take part in the monitoring on Wednesday, May 18.

"This is a great opportunity for local college students to gain volunteer experience for resumes, get involved in environmental education, and learn about the Rouge River," said Bartoli.

For more information, contact Bartoli at (313) 792-9626 or ascoordinator@therouge.org. Registration forms also can be obtained by visiting the group's office, located on the UM-Dearborn campus in Room 220 of the Academic Support Center (formerly the Student Services Center), reached via the campus's Fair Lane Drive west of Evergreen Road.

For more information about Friends of the Rouge, visit www.therouge.org.

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