Freshmen participate in community service projects

Freshmen participate in community service projects

August 23, 2019
Contact: Jason Hogue, Director of Marketing and Communications, 402-872-2429

Peru, Nebraska – As part of Welcome Week, Peru State College’s incoming freshmen class participated in seven community service projects. Each project addressed a need on campus, in local communities or the region.

The Director of Student Activites, Crystal Hutson, oversaw the service projects, noting, “With more incoming students arriving on campus, we wanted to offer a variety of projects that would mostly benefit our local communities – including Peru, Auburn and Nebraska City.”

“While the new freshman class completed the service projects, the activities could not have been done without the efforts of Welcome Week student planners Sara Granfors (Seward, Neb.) and Kealyn Ensminger (Homer, Neb.).”

After participating in the projects, freshman students discussed their experiences completing the service projects and how to further their involvement throughout their time at Peru State College.

Free Libraries

Students constructed and decorated three free libraries to be placed on campus and in the town of Peru. Two libraries will host books for college students and adults while the third box will be designated for children’s books.

The photo was taken behind the Campus Services Building on campus.

Students participating in the building of the Free Libraries pose with a library and First Lady Elaine Hanson.

Project Response

Students constructed 20 tie blankets. The blankets will be donated to Project Response in Auburn

Bobcat Care Packages Students packaged 500 care packages to be donated to project response in auburn and local homeless shelters.

Backpack Program

Students assembled 50 backpacks with supplies and items. The backpacks will be donated to Calvert Elementary School in Auburn

Inspirational Notes

Students wrote 550 inspiring notes.  The notes will be placed in care packages or backpacks to be given to the Auburn and Nebraska city hospitals.

Campus of a Thousand Oaks Wellness Trail

Students assisted with beautification of the Wellness Trail. The Trail is available for use by students and members of the community.

Omaha Against Hunger

Students packaged approximately 8,600 meals to be distributed by Omaha Against Hunger. All the packaged meals will be donated to Food Bank for the Heartland and then distributed to children in Nebraska and western Iowa.

Packing meals for Omaha Against Hunger.

Meal packing in the Al Wheeler Activity Center