During the weekend of July 14, about 30 members of the incoming Converse freshman class divided into three groups and spread out across Spartanburg County to perform acts of community service as part of the College’s award-winning Summer SERVE program.
The students, some of whom drove from Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia to participate, cleaned cages at the Spartanburg Humane Society, painted the inside of a house for Habitat for Humanity, and cleaned the yard of the Downtown Rescue Mission among other things. “I strongly believe in community service,” said Megan Irby of Irmo, S.C., “and it’s really nice to meet other people who feel the same way.”
Summer SERVE also gives the students an opportunity to meet their future classmates. “This program is a great opportunity to meet some of the girls who I’ll be spending my college life with,” said Kimberly Smith of Spartanburg, S.C. “We’ve already formed a strong bond with one another.”
Summer SERVE is now in its third year, and was recognized by the South Carolina College Personnel Association as the Outstanding Program for 2001-02.