On Saturday (Sept. 7) the largest first-year class in Berry College
history will hit the streets of Rome and Floyd County for the annual First-Year
More than 680 new students will volunteer alongside faculty,
staff and their First-Year student mentors. Now in its 15th year,
First-Year Service Day serves several objectives.
"Serving together is a
great way for our newest students to get to know each other and to learn more
about the community surrounding Berry," said Katherine Powell, Director of the
Office of First-Year Experience. "Equally important, it gives them an
opportunity to embrace our institutional culture of service at the very
beginning of their college careers. Our school motto, 'Not to be ministered
unto, but to minister,' is something we try to live by."
projects include packing bags of food for the pantry program at Rome Action
Ministries, cleaning historic Zuber Cemetery in Calhoun, visiting with residents
at Golden Living Nursing and preparing meals and stocking shelves at the
Community Kitchen. Holly Davis, student coordinator in the Office of First-Year
Experience organized the service day. Working with local agencies to find a
work project for the large class was an arduous yet rewarding task, Davis
"I enjoy seeing all the freshmen get together and connect through
helping others," Davis said. "It isn't just the community that benefits, but it
is also a great positive experience for the students."