Community Bound Inspires Honors College Students to Serve
Recently, more than 600 LSU student and faculty volunteers participated in Community Bound, a service project dedicated to sprucing up East Baton Rouge public schools before classes start.
Students met at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes to hear Chancellor Michael Martin speak before being divided into separate volunteer groups and brought to one of 16 schools.
"I feel like we made a tremendous change," said Devin Conway, one of the project's team leaders who volunteered at Belfair Elementary School. "I had a really good time at Community Bound (last year) ... I met a lot of people who I still have connections with now.
Conway, an Honors College sophomore, independently got twenty-four azalea bushes donated for the project.
"One of the tasks my group was given was to weed some flower beds," he said. "Some of the students in my group had commented on the fact that the flower beds were empty and were curious if we'd be filling them ... we contacted local businesses (and) Louisiana Nursery Home & Garden Showplace was kind enough to donate the bushes."
After volunteering at Community Bound, Conway returned to Belfair to plant the bushes in the flower beds he weeded with the help of his peers.
Community Bound was organized by Volunteer LSU, a group whose mission is to bring together students and faculty while providing them ways to give back to the community.
Since 2003, the event has provided students with a unique opportunity to perform a valuable community service while meeting and interacting with faculty members and their peers.
"The end result keeps me coming back," said Conway. "As a student at LSU, I know I take pride in how our campus looks ... seeing how much we accomplished really moves me."