• Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands
  • Hearts and Hands

Hearts and Hands

The freshman class has already begun their education of the head, heart and hands. After the second week of classes, more than 700 Berry College students, faculty and staff set out on a recent Saturday morning for the college's annual First-Year Service Day.

"I always love first-year service day because all of the freshman class comes together to serve the community," said First-Year Mentor and junior Casey Cox. "Everyone is so excited to help out and it's great because all who are involved are impacted by it."

Donovan Smith, a freshman math major, helped clean Mountain Springs Church and clear debris from the nearby cemetery.  "It was great to give back," Smith said.

The students volunteered at more than 30 different work sites throughout Rome and Floyd County. In addition to providing approximately 2,000 hours of volunteer work to the community, the day was an opportunity for new students to get to know each other better by working side-by-side.

"First-Year Service Day introduces them to their new community and to the culture of service that has existed at Berry from the beginning," said Katherine Powell, Director of the Office of First-Year Experience. "Berry's motto, 'Not to be ministered unto but to minister,' is something we want our new students to embrace right at the beginning of their college careers."

Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Hollingsworth and student photographer Mary Claire Stewart and Sarah Garrett