(GDN)–University of Mount Olive (UMO) freshmen moved in on Saturday, August 22, and by Monday, they were already making a meaningful and impactful difference in the community.
Donned with masks and prepared to social distance, nearly 50 members of the Tillman School of Business (TSB) Class of 2024 walked from campus to Westbrook Park in Mount Olive. Once at the park, the students used shovels, rakes, pitchforks, and wheel barrows to move and spread fresh bark throughout the park.
According to Dean of the Tillman School of Business Dr. Kathy Best, it is an annual service project that not only strengthens community ties, but also encourages students to make connections and build friendships. “Giving back is a vital part of our students’ educational process and translates directly to their future careers,” Best said.
The volunteer project was cut short when heavy rains fell. However, Best indicated that there will be additional opportunities later in the year. “The mission of the University of Mount Olive emphasizes service to our students, our founding church, and our communities,” Best said. “The Tillman School of Business supports this through various community service projects.”