B.U. Freshmen Learn Area Through Volunteering

Published 08/26 2014 04:19PM

Updated 08/26 2014 06:14PM

A group of incoming freshmen are getting a jump start on getting to know their new community.

B.U. had launched a pilot program called Welcome Week Service Project.

About 60 first-year students, who were already on campus early for other reasons, are volunteering to spend two days working on projects at four locations around Greater Binghamton.

One group was helping to paint four different murals at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park under the direction of muralist Bruce Grieg.

The Executive Director of Student Services, Marty Wygmans, said the freshmen want to learn more about Greater Binghamton than just the downtown scene.

"The students were saying just how excited they were to see some of the stuff that's going on in the community. Because many of them have only visited for orientation on campus, so this is a brand new experience for them. They're very excited," said Wygmans.

Wygmans said the students also get a head start on meeting fellow classmates and making friends.

Other projects include sprucing up the Story Garden at the Discovery Center, farming at B.U. Acres on Bunn Hill Road and painting a mural at the Anne McGuinness school.

Wygmans said she hopes the program can be expanded to include more freshmen in coming years.

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