Students wash a fire truck for Mt. Morris firefighters during the First Knight Day of Service on Sept. 15. More than 200 students volunteered in 23 communities. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11
Geneseo is proud of its strong tradition of giving back to the community. On Sept. 15, 215 freshmen and transfer students and volunteer group leaders started the semester by lending a helping hand in five communities.
In Geneseo, students assisted with rebuilding the crumbling stone wall that surrounds the historic Wadsworth Homestead in the village. Students also worked at a total of 23 sites in Geneseo, Avon, Lakeville, Mt. Morris, Leicester and Pavilion. Other projects included washing and waxing fire trucks, painting at the Central Presbyterian Church and the Farm Discovery Center, working at the H.O.R.S.E Rescue Center, clearing brush at two community parks and at the Interfaith Center, helping with mailing projects at the Livingston County Historical Society and playing games and entertaining senior citizens.Local churches partnered with the Interfaith Center to serve lunch to all of the volunteers.
First Knights Day of Service is the new name for the traditional 100 Volunteers Day of Service, created in 2003. It was retitled to represent the program and the expanding number of students who are interested in community service, said Tom Matthews, Associate Dean of Leadership and Service.