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Leadership through service: Pfeiffer students help boost a community in need

Students Concord Service webOn Sun., Sept. 29, 20 students and faculty members from Pfeiffer University joined more than 300 other volunteers for I Love My City, an all-day service project in Concord, N.C.

Volunteers were assigned to help transform the exteriors of homes and yards of residents who'd agreed to participate, all located within a two-block radius in an area of Concord that has experienced economic challenges.

Pfeiffer students, representing the university's division of Business Management and Leadership, were invited by their professor, Dr. Christopher Howard, to participate as a means to learning about leadership through serving others.

"Pfeiffer's mission is to provide students a transformational undergraduate experience that prepares them to achieve not only academically but spiritually and through service," said Dr. Howard. "Through hands-on opportunities such as this, students learn that true leadership is demonstrated through action that emphasizes the importance each individual rather than being self-focused."

Throughout the day, Pfeiffer students and professors painted the exterior of a home they were assigned as well as a new picket fence, entry arbor, mailbox, window trim, porch and front door. The team also removed debris from the yard, built a new walkway framed with wood planks, planted shrubs and constructed a backyard tree house for the children who live in the home.

Jesse Crump, a Pfeiffer junior remarked that the volunteers benefited from the experience alongside the residents of the community. "The opportunity to participate in this project really opened my eyes about leadership," he said.

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