850 students, faculty volunteer to leap for community

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    This year for the first time, students were able to sign up online for TCU Leaps – an annual one-day community service event taking place this Saturday, said the TCU Leaps adviser. Peter Thompson, Leaps adviser, said the online sign-up, which allowed students to pick their top three site choices for community service, was offered so more people would show up for the event.

    “In the past, our biggest issue has been attrition,” Thompson said. “We would have over 1,000 people sign up, but on the day of, only 600 would actually show up.”

    Teams will be volunteering at more than 30 local sites, including nursing homes, the Red Cross, YMCAs and a plant sale at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

    Volunteers for Leaps will report to Sadler Lawn at 9 a.m. Saturday.