So strong a tradition, in fact, that nearly one in ten members of the class of 2015 came to campus a week before the start of new student orientation to get a jump start on community service.
The First-year Urban Program has been part of Transylvania life since 1989. This year 22 first-year students and 11 upperclass students plunged into Lexington’s urban life volunteering at St. Agnes House, the Hope Center, the Catholic Action Center, the International Book Project, and God’s Pantry. FUPpers (as they’re called) cleaned homeless shelters, painted walls, packed books to ship to Rwanda (shown at left), and labeled 35,000 cans of vegetables — all over the course of six days.
Community Learning and Sustainable Students (CLASS) also spent the week doing sustainability and environmentally-related community service work in Lexington. The four first-year students and four upperclass students visited farms, worked in the Transylvania community and butterfly gardens, and painted storm drains around town. Along the way, they learned about integrating sustainable living into community life.
“You learn immediately the importance of serving your campus and bonding with each other,” says Danny Woolums, a senior philosophy major and a CLASS leader. “It helps the first-year students understand each other, the campus, Lexington, the important of service, and how it interrelates with all those things.”
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