Armstrong Campus Gives Back to Savannah Community

Volunteers from Treasure Savannah. Photo by Charity Williams.

By: Gabriel Williams, Staff Writer

Armstrong Campus students gave back to their community this weekend as part of their annual Treasure Savannah event.

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Michael Kyser discovering old artifacts in the Salvation Army warehouse. Photo by Charity Williams.

Students from all three campuses of Georgia Southern University participated in this event that scattered students around the Savannah area. Several students assisted the city of Savannah in their annual Keep Savannah Beautiful project geared to clean local neighborhoods. Neighborhood revitalization is one of the city’s priorities for the Savannah Forward strategic plan. The Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood was selected an area of concern for many residents.

William Eason Jr., board member of The Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood association, said, “We try our very best to keep the streets clean for residents of the area.”

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Tony Thomas and Angel Noelle Chrisentary sort through donations. Photo by Charity Williams.

Eason also mentioned that there will be an opportunity for residents to engage in the neighborhood’s park project in hopes to establish a park for the community.

The road cleanup began between Waters Ave and ended on Salvador St covering 53rd and 54th Street. Carliss Bates, Sanitation Outreach Coordinator & Keep Savannah Beautiful manager talked about students serving the community.

“We are excited to have Georgia Southern Students come out and serve the Savannah community.”

City services such as the Sanitation department and law enforcement were also on site to talk to students. There was even a representative from voter registration to get students registered to vote.

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Wessleigh Holloway and Gerald Lee. Photo by Charity Williams.

Not only were students involved, but also Greek organizations. Brothers of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. spearheaded groups along the route.

After completion of service, students were then left with words of encouragement from Jason Wade, GSU Alumni and Minister of Students & Discipleship of the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church. Wade emphasized that students are of “High Quality of Demand” for the world and that they hold the key in making a difference in their community.  

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Justin Cosby. Photo by Charity Williams.

Other volunteer sites included the Salvation Army, Hoofs 4 Healing horse shelter and the downtown area of Hinesville.

Khalil Smalls, junior Rehabilitation science major, mentioned

“Serving others rather than just focusing on yourself brings a good cause for you and those you are serving.”

Additionally, there was also an opportunity for students to paint residence halls on the Armstrong and Liberty Campuses. To get involved in any Savannah community projects, visit their webpage at https://www.savannahga.gov Be sure to check your GSU email for other opportunities to gain community service hours and get involved.