Annual Fall Service Day
Over 500 Students Donate Time For Community Service
By: Hilary Nieland
Students get ready to spend the day helping the community. Photo by Pedrito Maynard-Reid.
More than 500 Walla Walla University students participated in the university’s annual Service Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10. For this event, most classes are cancelled and offices are closed so the whole campus can participate.
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The day began behind the University Church where students, faculty, and staff met for an early breakfast. Afterward, they went out into the community to help with 35 projects, which included working at Fort Walla Walla, Pioneer Park, Whitman Mission, Kirkman House Museum, local elementary schools, the public library, and the Humane Society.
Service Day is an important event for the university as it encourages students to set time aside to help others. Carly Barruga, a junior biology student, spent her morning helping the public library. She said she enjoys participating in Service Day because "it is a great way to follow Christ’s example.”