Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2014—Students and staff from Georgian Court University’s TRIO-Student Support Services recently worked in the University’s Mercy Garden to mark National TRIO Day. From staining wooden benches and working in the dirt to planting flowers and raking leaves, 25 participating students and TRIO program leaders volunteered as a means of giving back to the community.
TRIO-SSS is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and aspires to meet the needs annually of low-income and/or first-generation students, or those with a documented disability, who have the potential to successfully negotiate the challenges of higher education.
TRIO-SSS has been on the GCU campus for 35 years and today serves 152 students. The program’s focus is to ensure that participants have a realistic chance of degree attainment at GCU and achieve admission into graduate and professional degree programs. To accomplish these objectives, TRIO-SSS provides services that foster academic achievement and personal success, which corresponds with the university’s mission and Mercy Core values.
National TRIO Day was crafted after a 1986 congressional resolution encouraged the nation to “turn its attention to the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, and to the investment necessary if they are to become contributing citizens of this country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made.”
That investment goes both ways—GCU students working in the Mercy Garden appreciated the opportunity to make the garden a more welcoming place and to plant vegetables that will ultimately benefit local food banks and charities.
“I like working together as a team, making a difference at our school,” said one student volunteer. Others even described the hard work as “relaxing” and “invigorating.”
“We encourage our students to serve boldly, and we’re happy to offer this experience to our students,” said Dr. Adrianne Morton, Director of TRIO-Student Support Services. “There is no greater person in this world than one who dedicates his or her life to helping others. This gift of time is priceless,” she added “TRIO students may not always have the time to volunteer given their busy lives, but they have the heart. TRIO works!”
Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2014—Students and staff from Georgian Court University’s TRIO-Student Support Services recently w...