Most of the nearly 350 new William Woods University students spread out across the Fulton community Thursday (Aug. 20) to lend a hand to residents of the town they will call home for the next four years.
Community service was added to orientation week this year, and the students seemed to enjoy helping out at the Clothes Cupboard, Fulton Housing Authority, Churchill Terrace, Garrett Animal Shelter and CARDV (Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence). Other students made cards for soldiers and designed t-shirts for a cystic fibrosis fund raiser.
“We felt this would be a significant addition to their orientation activities,” Michelle Kemp, director of career services and student success, said. “Here at William Woods, we are molding future leaders, and we want them to learn the value of giving back to the communities in which they live. It is vital to establish the importance of service early in their college careers.”
WWU students Sarah Fox (left) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Amber Jones of Overland, Mo., sort books at the Clothes Cupboard.
Kelsi Keith, a WWU student from Ottumwa, Iowa, holds a trash bag while Erica Begley of Hannibal cleans gutters for Fulton Housing Authority.
Elizabeth Anderson, a new WWU student from Bartlesville, Okla., sweeps sawdust off the roof of a Fulton Housing Authority unit after a fallen tree is removed.
New William Woods University students pick up tree limbs from a fallen tree at the Fulton Housing Authority.
WWU students Allison McSherry of Columbia, Shelby Vohsen of Warrenton, Elisse Schaaf of Blue Springs and Jessica Standifer, an orientation assistant from Tucson, Ariz., dish up ice cream for Wayne Latty, a resident of Churchill Terrace.
Allen McGinnes, a resident of Churchill Terrace, visits with Ashleigh Emmons, a new WWU student from Seattle, Wash., after playing the piano for her.