By: Ben Anderson
The annual Warren Wilson College Service Day has long been a highlight of Orientation Week for new students each August. But this year’s Service Day on Aug. 21 will range farther than ever, from eastern Buncombe County to Graham County.
About 400 faculty, staff and students from Warren Wilson will travel to numerous project sites in order to accomplish a variety of tasks at locations such as the WNC Nature Center, Blue Ridge Parkway and Cheoah River. Swannanoa Valley sites include several in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Montreat. Tasks include painting, trail work, greenhouse repair and removal of invasive exotic plants.
Service Day introduces new Warren Wilson students – freshmen and transfer students alike – to the college’s service-learning program. Launched in the early 1960s, the program calls upon each undergraduate to contribute 100 hours of service to community over four years. More recently, Warren Wilson’s 900 or so undergraduates have surpassed 25,000 hours of service to community during single academic years.