Hundreds of Lubbock Christian University (LCU) students took part in a dozen service projects across the city of Lubbock this past weekend as a part of GO!, (Get Oriented) LCU’s annual Freshman and New Student Orientation.
Freshman students were split into 20 smaller orientation groups for the duration of their initial welcome to campus, and on the second day of their orientation activities, each group served at one of 12 locations. Projects ranged from trash pick-up and building houses to organizing donation centers, and partnering organizations included Keep LBK Beautiful, Carillon House, Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, CASP, Hub City Outreach Center, Catholic Charities, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Lubbock Impact, South Plains Food Bank, and the Volunteer Center of Lubbock.
“Serving is at the core of the University’s values,” explained Kecia Jackson, Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator. “It’s who we are and continue to strive to be. We wanted to show the incoming students that we are proud of the community we are a part of and want to pour back into Lubbock. We didn’t want to just tell the freshmen this is who we are, we wanted to show them. Our new students are an important part of the LCU community and the Lubbock community.”
While official numbers won’t be available until the 12th day of classes, this year’s freshmen class is one of LCU’s largest in recent years. They have already demonstrated their servant leadership and heart for the community of Lubbock. “This is an integral component of our new student orientation, as it ties into our identity as an institution and our calling as believers,” shared Josh Stephens, Dean of Students.
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