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March 16, 2014

Business, students participate in day of public service

CHICKASHA —

Students and staff of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in partnership with Ross Home Health Care, cleaned yards and repainted local houses and businesses yesterday as part of Drover Difference Day.

Drover Difference Day is an annual event in which USAO, in partnership with Chickasha organizations, such as Ross Health Care, the city and the Grady County Historical Society, spend a day volunteering in the community.

Bo Steele said there were multiple groups at various locations throughout the city, including the local library, Grady Memorial Hospital and the local YMCA. He said there were about 150 volunteers this year.

Steele volunteered at the home of an elderly woman by cleaning her yard and said he also cleaned yards at last year's event.

"[The event] is growing on campus and people want to be involved," Steele said.

Mayor Hank Ross said the event helps students learn about the importance of volunteering and provides an opportunity for community service.

"These are kids with high moral standards," Ross said. "It's not just learning about volunteering, it's also about helping the elderly, we have to create a city people want to live in."

Ross Health Care Human Resources Representative Barbara Thompson also volunteered as a yard cleaner and said the students do a good job, which results in appreciation from the families they help.

"The families are so appreciative, they say, 'they're like angels,'" Thompson said. "It's a chance to help people who need it."

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