New students help the Carolina community

For the second year, the Office of New Student Orientation hosted the Community Service Project. Students and guests were asked to bring food and school supplies during their summer orientation sessions to help the Columbia community. The Community Service Project was started last year as a way of introducing students to the value of community service.

And with the nearly 7,000 incoming students and their families attending summer orientations, the Office of New Student Orientation collected 9,927 donations. This surpassed last year's summer orientations, which collected 4,606 donations.

New Student Orientation collaborated with campus and community partners for this project. Food was donated to the Gamecock Pantry, the University of South Carolina on-campus food pantry managed by students for students. School supplies was donated to St. Andrew's Kids Cafe, where mentoring, tutoring and afterschool activities are provided to at-risk students in the Columbia area.

"We are very proud of our incoming students for their incredible turnout and for making our commitment to Carolina and the Columbia community a fantastic success," says Vincent Buonocore, assistant director of orientation.

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