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Georgia Southern students use summer to BUILD

Incoming Georgia Southern University students participate in BUILD. Incoming Georgia Southern University students participate in BUILD.

Christa Cummings left the last few days of summer behind to come to college early and - sweat. She and 60 other incoming Georgia Southern University students signed up for the Building Undergraduate Involving Leadership Development, or BUILD, program.

The students spend their week volunteering around Bulloch County and learning about leading on campus once the school year begins. 

"You're almost forced to get to know people as you're asking questions and doing things with them," Cummings said. "It's almost impossible not to make new friends and it's almost impossible not to have fun."

She and the rest of her small team spent part of their days this week at the Willow Hill Center. The center opened in the 1940s as a school for African-American children and remained open until the 1990s. A committee took over the property and it has become a community center in the area between Statesboro and Portal. Leaders are thankful for the elbow grease.

"Our goal is for them to come back during the year and see the fruits of their labor," said committee member Alvie Coes. "We want them to understand how important what they did is but we also want them to understand the history of Willow Hill.

Another BUILD team of 60 students will come to campus next week.

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