“Rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty has its place,” Baxter said. “But (the importance of) mobilizing a community to give financial support…is overlooked quite often. You can’t just pop in for a day to help with fundraising.”
Administrators want students to think of service in terms of “time, talent and treasure,” he said.
This will be the second year that junior Honors College students were involved in philanthropy, but the task of helping lead the freshmen adds a new benefit to the projects.
“We’re having them do all of this within a team environment,” he added. “It gives them a mechanism for exploring team dynamics and leadership.”
The combined teams are responsible for submitting project and grant proposals for approval by Sept. 19. They’ll then be hard at work until early November, with projects culminating in a video documenting their work and a paper due on the last day of class.
Pictured below are images from the Honors College Service Day activities at Emerge Gallery and the Boys and Girls Club in Greenville. (Photos by Cliff Hollis and Jay Clark)