Saturday was the annual freshmen forging friendships field day for incoming LeTourneau University students, as freshmen helped the community they will live in for the next four years. More than 400 LeTourneau freshmen participated in the day long event that marks their welcome to East Texas by helping others.
"I guess just knowing that you're doing it for somebody else makes it worth it," said Iowa freshman Aaron Coppen. They cleaned up trash from parks, striped parking lots, spruced up homes and buildings and introduced themselves to people in the community.
"Just being able to get around outside the college life, sometimes it can be a little secluded, so it's good to get out right off the bat and start building relationships," said Delaware freshman Kenton Embleton.
"I think it's just a real cool opportunity to just serve the community," said Christie Grider, a junior from Minneapolis. They come from all over the country, but this gesture of service shows many how we're not so different any where you go.
"A lot of places emphasize oh yeah come here and when you graduate you'll make a lot of money, but at LeTourneau it's a lot different that you come here and learn how you can give back and how you can help out, and it's a different viewpoint on things," said Jacob Lind, a junior from Vermont. For many it falls in line with the faith base connected to LeTourneau.
"It's about going out and interacting, it's about being a part of the community and being Christ like," said San Antonio freshman Kimberly Downing. Over the past year LeTourneau students have logged more than 70,000 community service hours.