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University of Nevada Students Showcase Service Projects

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The University of Nevada is starting a new tradition celebrating students who take their lessons and apply them in our community.

About 100 students displayed their projects Thursday after a year of working to improve our community at the first ever university engagement showcase.

Organizers told us it's easy to just focus on the academics, but a good university will get the students to actually apply what they've learned. "That's the role of the university, is to get students engaged, build those civic skills, have them be engaged and involved in the community," says Marlene Rebori.

The students worked with faculty and community members to identify areas of need. They came up with their projects to improve dozens of elements of northern Nevada life from tobacco use to tutoring.

We caught up with two students who won the Presidential Award for their project studying the availability of healthy food options in lower-income areas. They found out that in poorer areas of town there are fewer healthy food options like grocery stores and there are also fewer places for healthy recreation like parks.

They say it's the first time a study like that has been done in our area. "It was big for me to see that I can actually make an impact on my community, because I am going to be living here after I graduate. So it was great to finally become a part of my community and impact it," says  senior Morgan Hines.

Hines and her partner are hoping to share their results with policymakers and government officials in Northern Nevada to hopefully make some changes.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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