Tuesday, September 3, 2013

UIS students volunteer during Welcome Week

UIS students are learning the importance of service and giving back. Today several students volunteered at St. John's Breadline for UIS Welcome Week.

University officials said it's important for students to get experience outside the classroom, to build character and leadership skills.

School leaders said typically, students feel like they get more out of it than they give.

"Doing something for someone else makes them feel good," UIS Volunteer Center Director Mark Docheterman said. "But they also, through their education, are realizing that that's a sense of responsibility or duty that they have as somebody who is going to be a college graduate."

UIS students also volunteered at Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and Habitat for Humanity, and made first aid kits for the American Red Cross.

The story was featured by WICS-TV 20 on August 30, 2013.

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