Y Day has been revived at Brigham Young University after a 10-year hiatus, with student organizers not only pleased with last weekend's participation in service and fun but also expecting increased success in years to come.
Y Day was more than an event spread over a single day. Instead, activities started Friday evening, continued through late Saturday and concluded with a devotional address Sunday night by Patricia Holland, wife of BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland.In between, students and visitors were treated to food, games, concerts, dances, fireworks and a fashion show, as well as the traditional lighting of the block "Y" on Y Mountain.
However, most attention was given to the Saturday morning service projects conducted by students throughout Utah Valley. "Just seeing the whole campus involved in service was a highlight," said Rob Daines, president of ASBYU, the university's student government and Y Day co-chairman.
Work included planting trees to combat erosion on Y Mountain, planting trees and laying sod at Utah Lake State Park, cleaning up trails at Provo's Wilderness Park, removing trash from around Provo's East Bay, sprucing up yards and homes of the elderly and cleaning campgrounds and parks in Provo Canyon.
The university's 16 LDS student stakes provided the Saturday morning work force. Daines said early figures show some 2,000 students participated in the various service projects. The result an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 man hours being donated.
Joining Daines was Maryann Goodsell, the ASBYU community services vice president, who also was a student co-chairman for Y Day, a tradition tracing its roots to 1906. The event had been shelved since 1978.