Austin Cloyd Day of Service is Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — The Centennial High School Interact Club will host the seventh annual Austin Cloyd Day of Service on Saturday.

Miss Cloyd grew up in Champaign and was a member of Interact while at Centennial. She died on April 16, 2007, as one of 32 people gunned down at Virginia Tech University.

Miss Cloyd, a Virginia Tech freshman at the time, had hoped to foster peace by working for the United Nations.

Miss Cloyd, a dean's list student in the honors program at Tech, was double majoring in international studies and French, with a minor in environmental policy.

She spent four summers on missions with the Appalachian Service Project, where she helped to renovate homes. She and her mother, Renee, were so inspired by the group's work that they started a similar program in Champaign, calling it the Champaign Urban Service Project.

Cloyd moved to Blacksburg in 2005 when her father, who formerly worked at the University of Illinois, took a position as a professor of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech. He was teaching in a building two classroom buildings away from Norris Hall when she was killed in Room 211.

The Interact Club, which continues her legacy through community service, invites the public to take part in the Austin Cloyd Day of Service from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. People interested in helping are asked to register by this Friday at http://www.austinsday.com. The volunteers will meet Saturday morning in the north parking lot at Centennial, 913 S. Crescent St., C; the Interact Club will try to match them to volunteer activities in which they are interested.

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