College students take ‘action,’ volunteerPublished 6:38pm Sunday, August 22, 2010
By KATIE JOHNSON
Niles Daily Star
As if being an incoming college freshman isn’t intimidating enough, some students have added shoveling mud, building fences and staining wood to their itinerary.
In a cooperative effort among Andrews University and the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan, the Cass County Parks and Recreation Commission and Meeting the Ecological and Agricultural Needs within the Dowagiac River System organization hosted a volunteer action day Friday at the 51-acre Authur Dodd Memorial Park, 61437 Creek Rd.
The students worked along the Dowagiac River, clearing out mud to maintain water flow, filling the playground area with wood chips, building a fence and staining park equipment.
The program, initiated by Andrews University in Berrien Springs, encourages incoming freshmen to have a day of volunteering within the community; it was not mandatory.
To learn more about Dodd Park, visit www.casscountymi.org/countyparks/aspx and click on “Arthur Dodd Memorial Park.”