Armstrong Liberty Center students put down their books and took up rakes and trash bags for a bi-annual day of service March 5.
They picked up litter and planted gardens at two new veteran housing apartments built by the Hinesville Housing Authority.
Sixty-two students got up early that Saturday to meet at the Armstrong Liberty Center, divide into teams and tackle various projects. Keep Liberty Beautiful partnered with the Liberty Center and helped students cleanup the playground on Rebecca Street, pick up trash, plant trees, a vegetable and herb garden, and spruce up other downtown areas.
Debra Williams, HHA executive director, said she was excited to see the volunteers. She said the vegetable and herb gardens will be a convenient and economical way for apartment residents to supplement their diets.
Kendra Ivy, a freshman history major at the Liberty Center, volunteered with the American Red Cross in the past and was looking for another activity.
“I wanted to give back to the community,” she said. “Don’t hesitate to volunteer. It’s a chance for you to make a lot of memories. Even if you don’t like getting your hands dirty, come out. You can be with friends and meet new people.”
Dorothy Kempson, Liberty Center interim director, said the students were enthusiastic and excited. She thanked them for supporting their community.
“Armstrong is excited to be a part of this day,” Kempson said. “It’s a wonderful time for faculty, students and staff. And, as a veteran, I was very happy to participate in the housing project.”
The effort was part of Armstrong State University’s Treasure Savannah bi-annual day of service event. In Savannah, volunteer students also worked on various projects.