In the recent annual Freshman Service Day, 680 new students, faculty and staff rose with the sun to hit the streets of Rome and Floyd County.
The largest freshman class in Berry history was dispersed throughout the city to serve in local agencies. Martha Berry, the school's founder, instilled the concept "head, heart, and hands" in 1902. More than 100 years later, the motto is still a paramount belief among all.
Madison Chandler, a senior from Vestavia, Ala., has served as a freshman mentor for two years. She feels first year service day goes beyond helping the community, building a bond between students.
"For two years, freshman service day has always been perfect. By the end of the day the group ends up closer than we were before," Chandler said.
Students visited more than 30 sites, packing bags of food for the pantry program at Rome Action Ministries, cleaning historic Zuber Cemetery in Calhoun, visiting residents at Golden Living Nursing and preparing meals and stocking shelves at the Community Kitchen.
Freshman Sophia Brommet served at Main Elementary clearing trails and cutting down logs to ensure the safety of the students.
"It's really fun to be working as a team doing something for the Rome community. This provides a great opportunity for all first years to give back, and it's important for students to learn that," Brommet said.
Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Smith and photos by student photographers Lauren Neumann and Mary Claire Stewart.