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Carson-Newman students pitch in for day of service
Carson-Newman students pitch in for day of service

Nearly half of the entire student body at Carson-Newman College put on their work gloves Saturday to serve their surrounding communities.

"Operation Inasmuch" places students at senior centers, community centers, and other charities where repairs are needed from Knoxville to Morristown.

One group took a trip to Knoxville to spruce up the "Birdhouse," an 1880's Victorian home that serves as a neighborhood center.

The students painted ceilings and trim as well as mulched the community garden.

"There's a bunch of groups around campus. Some are picking up trash, some are going to senior centers and doing crafts with the residents there. We're here working at the Birdhouse. Just doing a variety of different things," said group leader, sophomore Alyssa Koster.

While students say this is their biggest effort of the year, with 782 of their students involved, community service is not a once a year kind of thing for them.

"Volunteering is definitely a part of the Carson-Newman experience," said Koster.

In fact, the school recently won the Presidential Award for Community Service, an honor only two schools in the country recieve each year.

"Operation Inasmuch" started at Carson-Newman in 2006.

Since then, students have worked more than 10,000 hours in the community.

The name of the service day, "Inasmuch" comes from a verse in the Bible in the book of Matthew.

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