Community service

USC Sumter students team up for a day of community service downtown

Students at the University of South Carolina at Sumter distributed masks and hand sanitizer to residents in downtown Sumter.

SUMTER, SC — The streets of downtown Sumter were filled with a sea of ​​red shirts Friday as students from the University of South Carolina Sumter (USC Sumter) participated in a day of community service.

Students distributed masks and hand sanitizer to downtown residents.

“We want to give back to our community,” said Wanda Baker, USC Sumter’s OSP program coordinator. “Even if the number of cases decreases, we still need to be safe.”

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Students Jordan Blanding and Robert Lancaster volunteered their time to hand out the bags.

“We have to give back,” Blanding said. “Someone in the community is supporting us, so we always have to reciprocate.”

“It just shows people that not everyone cares about the community,” Lancaster said. He said that this small mission right now would be something bigger for him later in life. “I know one day I want to come back and give Sumter more than they have. This is just the beginning for me.”

USC Sumter’s Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) hosted Community Service Day to celebrate National TRIO Day. TRIO is a grant program funded by the United States Department of Education that supports organizations such as the OSP program at USC Sumter.

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