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SUNY Oneonta freshmen spend their first day giving back to community

By HILARY LANE

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Hundreds of SUNY Oneonta freshmen spent their first day of college giving back to the local community Monday.

More than 200 incoming students chose to participate in Freshmen Service Day with members of the incoming class spending the day working with 15 different local non-profit organizations.

One group of students spent the day beautifying the grounds at Community Christian School to prepare for the upcoming school year.

"I hope they learn about the value of giving back and I think the students that are here already know that and that is why they are giving up their first day to do community service for people they don't even know," said Linda Drake, Freshmen Service Day Organizer. "I also hope they come away with having made friends and just getting to know our community better."

In addition to giving back, students are also forming new friendships with their new classmates.

"It's a good way to meet people," said Marissa Schriver, a freshman volunteer. "The people I worked with I didn't know before, but now we got to work together and know each other, so it makes it more homey."

SUNY Oneonta administrators said volunteering is important to the overall mission of the school.

Last year, SUNY Oneonota's 5,800 students volunteered for a total of more than 50,000 hours.

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