TUSCULUM, Tennessee (WJHL) – Students at the University of Tusculum completed community service projects in the area in honor of Nettie Fowler McCormick Day of Service on Friday, September 17.
According to a statement from the University, in order to make Nettie Day a success, AmeriCorps funded the day with a grant of $ 58,247 to help purchase the equipment needed to undertake projects. The grant was a 9/11 Day of Service grant, which requires the recipient to complete certain projects that help veterans.
Students have completed projects such as making blankets for chemotherapy and dialysis patients at Johnson City Veterans’ Medical Center, making jump ropes for the Isaiah House in Greene County, as well as manufacturing dog toys and treats for the Humane Society in Greene County.
The statement also said the students created 2,500 food packages for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Blountville, while completing tasks at Tusculum City Park where they painted, cleaned and installed a catwalk for a new walking trail.
“The benefit of Nettie Day lies in the valuable lessons it teaches our students about and improving the quality of life in our region. We are proud to continue this long-standing tradition at Tusculum, ”said Amanda Delbridge, Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Tusculum.
Tusculum University instills the value of civic engagement and community service in its students early in their academic careers. University of Tusculum President Dr Scott Hummel said he believes the university’s commitment to civic engagement produces better citizens.