Dakota Wesleyan University hasn’t lasted 126 years without a little perseverance, and being a South Dakota institution, weather doesn’t really play a part when the college decides to get something done.

Despite overcast, drizzly-rain conditions Tuesday, at least 480 students, staff and faculty took part in the second annual Service Day. The original plan would have sent dozens of students into parks and outdoor areas for trash pickup, but due to the weather some of those projects were redirected indoors.

Students painted the new changing gallery at Dakota Discovery Museum; cleaned windows at the Abbott House; cleaned and moved equipment at the Mitchell Recreation Center; dispatched groups to various schools in the city; did projects at the Mitchell Area Safehouse, Pepsi Soccer Complex, Corn Palace, Avera Brady Health and Rehab, and the DWU wrestling team volunteered to pick up trash along Indian Village Road. Groups that were meant for more outdoor projects at Dry Run Creek and various parks were either redirected to help with one of the other off-campus sites, or provided cleaning crews to DWU facilities.

View the full press release here: www.dwu.edu/press/2011/apr26.htm
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