On a recent cold October morning, 279 Berry
College students and faculty took to the streets of Rome, joining a national
effort of service for this year's annual Make a Difference Day.
WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together for more than 20 years
to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.
Berry College students have participated in Make a Difference Day for many
years, making it one of the longest standing Volunteer Services' traditions,
according to Assistant Director of Campus Community Relations Olivia Paige.
Paige says the day is a wonderful opportunity for Berry to show its
appreciation to the Rome community.
"I think that service is a big part of
Berry students' individual lives and I think it's also something that Berry
tries to include in its student organizations as well. We really try to push a
heart of service into every component at Berry," Paige said.
Ramos, a junior, says that service is "a Berry thing." Ramos served at the
Hospitality House Thrift Store, sorting and cleaning books to be sold to benefit
a women and children's shelter.
"We have that heart of service," Ramos
said. "It's a part of the school's character. They instill that in us freshman
Thirty-three teams joined forces to impact a wide variety of
organizations including the Golden Living Nursing Center, Rome Action
Ministries, the Parkinson Foundation, Angel Express, Hospitality House Thrift
Store and many more.
Article and photos by Public Relations Student Michaela