A few scattered showers didn’t stop Clayton State students from giving back to the community in a big way last Saturday. Campus Life held Making A Difference Day, the department’s annual day of service.
Students gathered early in the morning to work on a number of service projects to beautify the community garden area adjacent to the campus.
“We are so excited to have you here and so grateful that you think enough of our city that you want to help us keep it the place that we are so proud of,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeanell Bridges.
Students were split into four groups landscaping, painting, gardening, and assembling benches near the Morrow Community Garden.
Tayla Reid, a junior at Clayton State, volunteered with the gardening clean-up group where she worked alongside The Morrow Garden Club to remove dead leaves, pull up weeds, and prepare the soil for planting.
When asked why she chose this particular service project she said, “when you decide that you want to make a change, you start within your community. You become a better person.”
Clayton County Public Works representatives were on hand to assist students with landscaping the garden.
Make a Difference Day is a nation-wide day of service, but for Clayton State, the day connects the University to the local Morrow community, while helping students acquire a personal understanding of community service and civic engagement.
“More than anything else we strive to be a united front. The city enjoys unity and that includes the businesses and especially the students and Clayton State University as a whole,” Bridges said. “We can learn from the university but then we think that the students can learn from us. We want to believe that the students can benefit from our partnership.”