CANTON, Mo. – Incoming freshmen kicked off the new semester with a day of community service at their 10th annual Everyone Doing More event Saturday.
“We have probably over 400 faculty, staff, and new students that will be helping at over 11 sites,” college president Kelly Thompson said.
Students cleaned out garden beds, helped seniors with projects, removed sandbags from the levee and more.
“It’s a great day for our freshman students to learn about service which is such an important component of CSC’s curriculum and history,” Thompson said.
Those volunteering said they’re excited to take part in a school tradition.
Alabama native Charlie Willams helped clear hundreds of sandbags off the levee.
“We’re just trying to give back to the community,” he said.
Williams said it was a great experience and he’s excited for his time at CSC.
“I gotta say definitely [most excited for] psychology,” Williams said. “I heard the teacher is amazing and it’s going to be an interesting year.”
It’s a bittersweet day for Thompson however, as this is her last year as president.
“We have a presidential search committee that has been formed and I’m sure our board of trustees will choose a phenomenal 27th president,” said Thompson.
She said she plans to go out on a high note. “I’m hoping the sixth year will be our best year on the hill.”
Thompson said the board aims to have more information about who the next president of CSC will be this spring.