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New Midwestern Students Show Care for Community with Day of Service

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  • New students at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in a day of service as part of their orientation program.

      New students at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in a day of service as part of their orientation program.
    Midwestern University

 
Jill Blair-Smith

Before hitting the books this fall, 209 new medical students at Midwestern University donned work gloves, wielded paint brushes, and brandished hedge clippers as part of their orientation program. Every summer, first-year medical students at the University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine assist several community organizations. This year the students:

packaged over 2000 lbs. of food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva

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painted a fence for Childserv boys' home in Lisle

raised awareness for the Autism Society of Illinois with a tag day sale

cleared brush and preformed general maintenance at Lyman Woods in Downers Grove, the Village of Itasca, and St. James Farm in Warrenville

did maintenance and led activities for children attending day camp at the Camp Fire USA campground in Bolingbrook

provided helping hands by painting and updating DuPage County Convalescent Center in Wheaton, DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, and Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove

helped with maintenance and yard work at St. Alexander's Church and School in Lombard

Participation in service projects gives students first-hand experience with the needs of the community they will one day serve as health professionals. The projects also reflect a University-wide commitment to community service. As a testament to Midwestern University's commitment to community service, the University has earned a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the last six years. This award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement.

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