Lees-McRae celebrates 11th annual Mountain Day of Service

April 10, 2015

On Wednesday, April 9, Lees-McRae celebrated the 11th annual Mountain Day of Service. This annual day of service resulted in an incredible 1,134 hours of service completed by 378 students, faculty, staff and volunteers. Altogether the campus community participated in 29 projects, two off campus and 27 on campus. After all the hard work was complete, participants gathered on Tate Lawn to enjoy a cookout, fellowship with one another and the beautiful spring weather.

“It was so amazing to see faculty, staff and students come together to give back to a community that gives so much to them on a daily basis,” said Cassie Hughes, student development intern and coordinator of this year's Mountain Day of Service.

The tradition of Mountain Day at Lees-McRae goes back to the school’s founder, the Rev. Edgar Tufts. Each fall, Rev. Tufts would surprise the school during chapel by announcing, “It is a good day to climb Beech.” Following the proclamation, the entire school would set off up Beech Mountain. When they reached the end of the five-mile climb, a feast of potatoes, corn and sandwiches would be waiting on the group.

Mountain Day was renewed as a semiannual tradition during the early years of the 21st century; more than 100 years after Tufts founded the school. Beginning in 2005, the spring Mountain Day was dedicated to community service, leaving the fall celebration as a day of rest and fun.

For more information about Mountain Day of Service at Lees-McRae College, please contact Jon Driggers, vice president of student development and dean of students, at 828.898.8797 or driggersj@lmc.edu

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