Contributed by Nyah Marshall
Saturday, October 5, students, alumni, faculty, friends and family gathered in Burr Gymnasium to start the week of homecoming 2019 off on the right track. As tradition, each year.
Howard Homecoming starts with a Day of Service as a testament to the university’s motto “Truth and Service.”
This year, participants were split up into teams and went to 29 service sites all over D.C, which is three more than last year’s. These sites ranged from the Howard Garden to nearby churches, soup kitchens, and schools.
Around 9:00 am is when the volunteers started to depart from Burr, wearing their bison gear and ready to serve. Social media would soon flood with images of fellow Bison and individuals apart of the Howard Community serving as they used the hashtag #bisonserve.
Specifically, volunteers who were assigned the Howard Garden as their service site participated in beautifying the garden, cleaning the area, and taking care of the already planted produce.
Day of Service provided the volunteers not only with a day to give back to their community, but it also was a learning experience that educated Howard students on the community of people around them. As Katherine Outlaw, the director of student activities said in her speech before the Day of Service started.
“Howard is apart of the D.C. community so important for us to contribute to it!,” she exclaimed.