WILSON, N.C. — The blur of blue shirts spotted across Wilson on Wednesday, Oct. 16, will unmistakably be Barton College Bulldogs busy at work for a multitude of local organizations during the annual Barton College Day of Service in our community. With over 800 Barton participants signed up, students and professors at the College will set aside books, and campus staff members will step away from desks, for the sixth annual “Day of Service” on campus and in the Wilson community. Also joining the Barton community this year will be a team of College alumni as well as a group of 80 visiting students and advisors from Craven County.

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. 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.

The Barton College 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 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, Avanté, Black Creek Township, Bridgestone, Building Blocks for Tots, Community Christian School, Diversified Opportunities, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, Fike High School, For the Love of Dogs, Greenfield School, Habitat for Humanity Store, Hope Station, Imagination Station, Hunt High School, Kiddie Kampus, Margaret Hearne Elementary School, New Hope Elementary School, Old Wilson Neighbors Association, Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, Preservation of Wilson, Raleigh Road Clean-Up, Sallie B. Howard School, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Spring Arbor, St. Therese Catholic Church, The Clothes Line, The Spot, United Way, Veterans Residential Services, Vinson-Bynum Elementary School, Wells Elementary School, Wesley Shelter, Westview Christian Church, Wilson House Assisted Living, Wilson Parks and Recreation, YMCA, and Youth of Wilson, among others.

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