BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) For students at WVU Tech, being a Golden Bear doesn’t just mean sitting in a classroom.
More than 300 students completed more than a thousand hours of community service Tuesday in Beckley for ‘Golden Bears Give Back’ Day.
The goal is to instill in students a sense of service and continue to build a strong relationship with the community.
“We’re doing so much today,” explained WVU Tech Volleyball player Konstantina Patelli. “We love helping our community because they’re all so friendly and we’re happy to be here.”
Patelli and her volleyball team painted a mural alongside the Beckley Rail Trail and helped to pick up trash.
Another project included help with renovations on the old YMCA Pre-School building, which will house another office for the Beckley Hive Network in the Fall.
“Every dollar that we don’t have to spend is something we can do to renovate the building. And it’s so nice that these students are donating time,” said the Hive Network’s Dir. Judy Moore.
At lunch, students were thanked for their work with a meal from volunteers at Beckley Presbyterian Church.
“The kids are doing all kinds of good things for the Church,” added member Ann Worley.
The Golden Bears worked at more than 20 different locations on Tuesday, some of them at Raleigh County Head Start, Beckley Art Center, One Voice, and Little Beaver State Park.