NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Incoming freshmen at Trevecca Nazarene University got their first collegiate lesson on Monday, giving back to the community.
Around 250 students spent the day painting, sanding and picking up debris across south Nashville.
"Education is being empowered with something and it's being empowered to make a difference in the world today," said Tom Middendorf with the university.
At Cameron Middle School, the students cleaned up the courtyard and hauled off debris.
"I think it's great," said student Riley Wampler. "I think it's awesome that we can help the community and the kids can just see us and see an example of us helping out each other."
At the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, the students painted walls and cleaned the kitchen.
Student Javier Aquvelo said, "This like just getting used to our friends, and getting used to helping out the community."
"It's a blessing to our church with the young people here," said Trina Prysock with Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. "They are just awesome. I like this."
Classes for the students get underway on Tuesday at Trevecca University.