First-year students at the University of Mount Olive provided a combined 462 hours of community service Aug. 23 throughout the town of Mount Olive.

More than 230 students worked from 9 to 11 a.m. to paint, stain, mulch, weed, clean up and landscape.

The students focused on several areas including Westbrook Park, All the King’s Children, Make a Difference Food Pantry and Genesis Nursing Home.

“Giving back is a vital part of our student’s education process and aligns with our University Covenant,” Ashley Gayles, director of UMO’s First Year Experience, said in a news release. “Along with familiarizing our students with the town and community, this experience also give our students a chance to create and build a network outside of campus.”

— By Messenger staff