Meredith Service Scholars participated in their first service project of the 2018-19 academic year on Saturday, August 25.
Service Scholars were among a group of 30 students who spent the morning volunteering in Meredith’s organic garden, which makes fresh produce available to the campus as well as to underserved groups. The activity was part of Splash into Service, a one-time service experience organized annually by Meredith’s Office of Student Leadership and Service.
“We chose the organic garden as our first project because it relates to food insecurity, which is the 2018-19 theme for the program,” said chair of the Community-based Learning Committee David McLennan. “We will have a number of projects led by the Service Scholars this year related to helping people with food needs—both on and off campus.”
Some of the other projects planned for the nine Scholars—seven first year students and two sophomores—include planning and preparing a meal for the Kentwood community, working with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and conducting drives for the Daisy Trade, Meredith’s on-campus food pantry.
Established in 2017, Meredith’s Service Scholars program is a competitive scholarship program that offers a select group of students the opportunity to develop their community service and leadership skills through service opportunities that address social problems.