Students help community during first Service Day

School of Pharmacy Service DayThe PC School of Pharmacy recently held its first Service Day, a day during Orientation Week devoted entirely to fulfilling the school’s promise of caring for the community.

The entire class of incoming first year students, as well as several faculty and staff members, volunteered at eight locations in Clinton and the surrounding area.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to become more of a part of the community and see the people we can help serve,” said Kayce Shealy, assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy. “It brings us back to reality. Most of the time we’re in our offices and classrooms.

“(Service Day) is a chance for us to get out and meet people we serve.”

Shealy and several students, including Kasey Wilson, met and served ice cream to residents at Bailey Manor, a retirement community in Clinton.

“I enjoyed the most just talking to the elderly,” Wilson said. “The residents told me numerous times how glad they were that we were there. You could tell on their faces how happy they were.”

PCSP students also served ice cream to residents at Presbyterian Community Home in Clinton. Other students painted, tended the garden, and did yard work at the United Ministries Food Bank. And some helped the facility at the Equestrian Center in Clinton and the Humane Society in Greenwood.

Students, faculty, and staff also volunteered at the Hospice Thrift Store, the Safe Home of Laurens County, and the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

“I love PCSP’s commitment to service,” Wilson said. “I think service is one of the biggest parts of the pharmacy profession and by instilling this value in ourselves now, will make it come more natural when we are out of school.”

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