Union College Closes Classes for Community Service

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Class was canceled Thursday at Union College but that didn't stop the students from learning.

More than 800 Union College students and employees swapped their pens and paper for paintbrushes and cleaning supplies. It's part of the school's service day Project Impact.

These students want to be God's hands and feet.

They're using their own to serve.

"I was pretty excited to get my hands dirty and do a project like this," said Anup Singh, a senior at Union College.

Union College, a Christian institution, encourages it's students like Singh to take the focus off themselves for a day and realize the needs of others.
"We can get caught up in being social and being college kids and not worrying about the community around us. It makes us aware of the problems around us," said Singh.

The day off from school was started to get students out of the classroom and into the community. This year the school is helping 72 agencies.
One of them, Morely Elementary needed an all around face-lift including a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the playground.

And making those changes is rewarding.
"It makes me feel good. Working hard, knowing that we are having a good time. I want to do more honestly," Singh said.

This is Project Impacts 30th anniversary. It is said to be the longest running college service day with the most student participation in the country.