Each year Tabor College freshmen begin the first weekend at their new school in the community.
Saturday, students helped with various service projects in Marion and Hillsboro.
“I believe this is a tradition that goes back decades,” Residency Director Joe Wuest said. “Our mission statement is preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and his kingdom, so it’s what we do.”
Wuest’s group picked up trash and driftwood and painted logs at the county lake.
“I’m really tired because we had football camp last week,” freshman Micah Mashburn said. “It’s good to get out and meet other people outside of the team, though.”
Other groups did the same kind of work at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro and for different businesses in downtown Marion.
Students also do the service projects as part of a mandatory introductory class.
“It gets all the freshmen together, we talk about what our college stands for, we talk about study skills, we talk about their first year experience,” Wuest said.