DWU’s fifth annual Service Day not deterred by rain

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University had more than 600 people volunteer for its fifth annual Service Day – despite the rain and cold.

Students, staff and faculty gathered Tuesday morning at the Christen Family Athletic Center on campus for a group photo and marching orders. With the rain the night before and constant drizzle Tuesday morning, some groups were called indoors, decreasing the number of blue Service Day T-shirts outside, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have jobs to do.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the day.

“With the rain, some of our coaches asked to be moved indoors to keep their students healthy, while others are planning to do service projects on a less rainy day,” said Diana Goldammer, director of student life and one of the coordinators for Service Day. “We had 586 DWU people out in the community and working on campus this morning, most of whom were outside picking up trash around the lake, by Wal-Mart, at Dry Run Creek, and the soccer and baseball fields.”

Other locations where DWU teams volunteered include: L.B. Williams, Gertie Belle Rogers and Longfellow elementary schools; the Middle School and Senior High School; Wesley Acres and Avera Brady Health and Rehab; First United Methodist Church; the Abbott House; Dakota Discovery Museum; YWCA; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Snack Pack Program; Area Community Theatre; and Mitchell Area Safehouse.

Twenty-three DWU members of the golf teams will volunteer at the two Mitchell golf courses later this week, as well.

The total participation for the event was 615, including 29 nursing students and staff from the Huron campus who volunteered on Monday.

“You just never know what to expect in April,” Goldammer laughed. “But honestly I’m proud of the students, because we actually left it up to the individual teams to decide if they wanted to proceed with their outdoor projects in the rain and most of the groups, if they could, still did. Those who didn’t still wanted to work so we tried to find them jobs indoors.”

The Tuesday before graduation was traditionally known as “Reading Day” before 2010, when Dakota Wesleyan established “Service Day.”

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