Tabor freshmenlearn to serveduring first days on campus

Rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of servanthood for all incoming freshmen at Tabor College.

For the 11th consecutive year, students and faculty served the needs of others as part of new-student orientation.

Buses and vans drove out of the Tabor parking lot Saturday and headed to various sites with one thing in mind: service.

Six groups traveled to Wichita to work with non-profit organizations, including Haven of Hope, World Impact Village, two Ronald McDonald homes, and Union Rescue Mission.

One site remains anonymous for security issues.

At Haven of Hope, students spent time sanding and painting various items.

Plans were altered upon arriving at World Impact Village. Originally scheduled to landscape the facilities, they instead cleaned and aided in construction cleanup at an apartment building owned by World Impact Village.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities benefited from students who cleaned, sorted clothes and moved railroad ties. Yet the one act of service most appreciated was the laying a stone garden path, according to Sheryl Keck, coordinator of the day’s events.

One group remained in Marion County to aid Main Street Ministries with projects, including sorting and moving clothes and washing windows.

A trip to Morning Star Ranch in rural Florence was rerouted to one of the Ronald McDonald houses.

The other group of students went to Newton for the first time during new-student orientation to help clean one room so construction could begin on the New Jerusalem facilities, a home in the beginning stages of renovation for patients with AIDS.

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