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Service Day Abbott HouseMITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University hasn’t lasted 126 years without a little perseverance, and being a South Dakota institution, weather doesn’t really play a part when the college decides to get something done.

Despite overcast, drizzly-rain conditions Tuesday, at least 480 students, staff and faculty took part in the second annual Service Day. The original plan would have sent dozens of students into parks and outdoor areas for trash pickup, but due to the weather some of those projects were redirected indoors.

Students painted the new changing gallery at Dakota Discovery Museum; cleaned windows at the Abbott House; cleaned and moved equipment at the Mitchell Recreation Center; dispatched groups to various schools in the city; did projects at the Mitchell Area Safehouse, Pepsi Soccer Complex, Corn Palace, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, and the DWU wrestling team volunteered to pick up trash along Indian Village Road. Groups that were meant for more outdoor projects at Dry Run Creek and various parks were either redirected to help with one of the other off-campus sites, or provided cleaning crews to DWU facilities.

“I was really impressed with the student turnout, as well as faculty and staff,” said Randy Sprung, associate professor at DWU and Service Day coordinator for this year.

There were at least 480 people who signed in this year, about 80 more than last year.

“That’s phenomenal considering the weather wasn’t cooperating,” Sprung added. “It says something about our students when we ask them to give up a morning on their free day to do service projects in the rain and they not only show up, but they don’t complain. They have great attitudes.”

Formerly Reading Day, there were no classes scheduled so students could study in preparation for finals. Last year, in recognition of the college’s 125th anniversary, “Service Day” was created, in part as a thank you to the community that has supported the college for more than a century, and also in testament to the college’s motto: sacrifice or service. It was so popular among the community and those who participated that DWU decided to make this an annual event.

Following the projects, everyone headed to the Weston Food Court for an indoor picnic. Students who decided that studying could wait a bit longer, trekked over to the wellness center to take part in or just enjoy the first-ever Wesleyan Gladiator Games.

Nursing students in Huron, along with faculty and staff, also provided a service with spring clean-up on the Huron Community Campus on April 4.

Click here to view the DWU Service Day 2011 Photo Gallery.

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