MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University College of Law students participated in a donation drive in September in which approximately 5,800 food items were collected and donated.
Jennifer Powell, director of the Center for Law and Public Service at WVU College of Law, said this is the second year for a food drive.
"We host them during the week of Sept. 11, as part of the 9/11 day of service and remembrance," Powell said in an interview with The West Virginia Record. "The Center for Law and Public Service and its student organization, the Community Service Council, sponsor the food drive."
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Powell said they had a huge response to the food drive, adding, "We collected more than 5,800 food items, compared to 1,800 last year."
Powell said the entire law school community helped with the food drive.
"We did it as a competition between each law school class and the faculty and staff," Powell said. "The first year students won, as they got the most items in by the deadline."
She said the students also are involved with several other community service-type events.
"The Center for Law and Public Service, the Community Service Council, each law school class, and the Student Bar Association all do community service," Powell said. "We have cleaned up the Decker’s Creek trail, cooked dinner at Rosenbaum House, helped clean up and organize the Morgantown Early Learning Facility, sponsored several Angel Trees, had a booth at Trunk or Treat, hosted a blood drive and collected items for Sundale Nursing home as part of their 'Presents for Patients' program."
Powell said community service is important and shows the character of the law school's entire population.
"The food drive was a huge success this year," she said. "We were able to donate proceeds to three different food pantries in Monongalia County. To me, this kind of giving shows the generous spirit — and competitive nature — of the law school community."