Lees-McRae celebrates 12th annual Mountain Day of Service

April 19, 2016

On Wednesday, April 13, Lees-McRae celebrated the 12th annual Mountain Day of Service. This annual day of service resulted in an incredible 1,029 hours of service completed by 343 students, faculty, staff and volunteers. Altogether the campus community participated in 22 projects, two off campus and 20 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.

“Mountain Day of Service at Lees-McRae offers a variety of wonderful opportunities to our students, staff and faculty,” said Renee Baker, coordinator for campus life and student engagement. “Not only are we able to give back to this beautiful community we call home but we are also able to experience leadership and fellowship within our community.”

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.

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