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Beyond Campus Borders

Painting for serve day George Fox students and faculty brought color into the children’s service at North Valley Friends Church in Newberg.

Church members wanted the kids to enjoy their own special form of worship. So during the university’s sixth annual Serve Day, they enlisted the help of students, faculty, staff members, and even alumni to paint a children’s mural and build benches where the kids gather to worship. The 60 workers also swarmed the church grounds and interior to deep clean, paint exterior walls, and spread bark dust.

In all, nearly 1,400 participants spread out to 66 locations in Newberg and surrounding Yamhill County, and into Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties.

According to Campus Compact, a national coalition that promotes community service in higher education, George Fox was the first in the nation to shut down for an entire day of service.

"It’s an awesome way to show love for the community and our love for God, to serve as Jesus did," says sophomore Michele Stewert, who served at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Newberg.

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