Incoming students from South Georgia impact local schools ahead of start of school year

As schoolchildren in Bulloch County and Chatham begin their classes, many will benefit from the efforts of the university’s new freshmen and other members of the community, who have donated more than 700 books to organizations that help local students. The book drive was part of the University’s SOAR or student orientation tours.

Georgia Southern University students and their families aren’t the only ones preparing for the upcoming school year. As schoolchildren in Bulloch County and Chatham begin their classes, many will benefit from the efforts of the university’s new freshmen and other members of the community, who have donated more than 700 books to organizations that help local students. The book drive was part of the University’s SOAR or student orientation tours.

“This speaks volumes about Georgia Southern’s community engagement mission and also the desire of our current and incoming students to give back to their new communities,” said Jodi Kennedy, Director of Leadership and Community Engagement. . “It’s great that people want to get involved in the Statesboro and Savannah communities early in their college careers with this.”

Over the next month, the books will be donated to children through the Altrusa Club of Statesboro, a nonprofit that promotes local literacy, and the Junior League of Savannah’s Backpack Buddies Project, which distributes meals to food insecure families.

“Students get involved even before they officially start classes,” Kennedy said. “It speaks volumes about the culture of Georgia Southern and the heart of service our students have.”

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