WILSON, N.C. — The sea of green “Day of Service” shirts spotted on Wednesday, Oct. 17, will unmistakably be Barton College Bulldogs busy at work for a multitude of local organizations during their annual Barton College Day of Service in our community. With over 770 participants signed up, students and professors at Barton College will set aside books, and campus staff members will step away from desks, for Barton’s fifth annual “Day of Service” on campus and in the Wilson community.

Begun in 2008, this campus initiative supports Barton’s vision for its graduates to be “well-prepared for life and for success in their chosen careers because they will possess a lifelong commitment to learning, service, and achievement.”

“Through participation in these one-day projects, Barton hopes to provide its students with a foundation for developing a deeper appreciation for service learning and a stronger sense of civic responsibility, as well as meeting needs within the broader Wilson community,” shared the Reverend Hollie E. Woodruff, chaplain of the college.

“Developing a lifelong commitment to service is part of the ‘Barton Experience,’ and Barton College’s Day of Service provides an intentional opportunity for the campus community to give back to its hometown community of Wilson,” she added.

The Day of Service will begin with a kick-off breakfast for participants at 8 a.m. followed by brief remarks from campus leaders.  Members of the college community will then disperse at 9 a.m. to assigned locations for service and return to campus later that afternoon to share a meal and reports of work.

Local service projects for the Barton community include working with the Arts Council of Wilson, Avante at Wilson, Boys and Girls Club (Salvation Army), Bridgestone/Firestone, The Clothes Line, Community Christian School, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, Fike High School, First Christian Church, Hope Station, Imagination Station, Jones Elementary School, Kiddie Kampus, Margaret Hearne Elementary School, New Hope Elementary School, Parkwood Village Assisted Living, Preservation of Wilson, Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education, Spring Arbor, St. Johns Community Development, St. Therese Catholic Church, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, The Spot, The Wesley Shelter, Veterans Residential Services of Wilson, Vinson Bynum Elementary School, Wells Elementary School, Westview Christian Church, Wilson County Elementary Physical Education Teachers Workshop, Wilson Country Club, Wilson House, Wilson Parks and Recreation, YMCA, and Youth of Wilson, among others.

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Questions?  Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 (o) or 252-289-7846 (c) or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.

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