Warren Wilson College’s annual Service Day has long been a special day for new students during their Orientation Week. But the 2010 Service Day on Aug. 20 will perhaps hold even more meaning than usual.
On that date, about 400 faculty, staff and students from Warren Wilson will travel to numerous project sites in Buncombe County to focus on local food and food security issues. Students and their peer-group leaders will be working at school gardens such as those at as Vance Elementary and Black Mountain Primary; community gardens including those at Burton Street and Shiloh; and at other organizations such as ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters and Presbyterian Home for Children. Hands-on work hours will be from about 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Said Cathy Kramer, former Warren Wilson dean of students who became dean of service in July: “I think our approach this year is unique, in that I don’t know of another initiative this large that is based in a theme and educates such a large group about a local issue.”
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. During the 2009-10 academic year alone, Warren Wilson’s 900 or so undergraduates surpassed a whopping 30,000 hours of service to community.