Head, Heart and Hands


After finishing their first week of classes at Berry, almost 600 new students volunteered in the 18th annual First-Year Service Day.

The students along with their first-year advisors and mentors dispersed to more than 35 sites in Rome and Floyd County. All of the projects were coordinated by senior animal science major and first-year mentor Blake Petty.

“It’s exciting to be a part of such a big effort,” said Petty.

Each year First-Year Service Day helps to make an impact on the local community and this year was no different. Students worked together on projects ranging from painting Habitat for Humanity houses to clearing weeds to washing dogs at Floyd County Animal Control.  This day allows students to bond and put into action the motto of college founder Martha Berry, "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister."

First-Year Service Day Director Katherine Powell said she was pleased with the day.

"From all reports, everyone worked hard and everyone stayed safe," Powell said.

Freshman Aaron Morrison painted a wall mural at the Rome/Floyd County Public Library that depicts colorful autumn leaves. Associate Professor of Art Brad Adams designed the artwork.

“My favorite part is the fact that we’re actually involved in our community,” Morrison said. “It’s a great way to start out the freshman year, and I’m looking forward to the rest of this year.”

Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Victoria Mashburn. Photos by student public relations photographers Lauren Neumann, Sara Leimbach, and Shannon Bostic.