Typically, college orientations mean learning the ins and outs of campus life.
But Bethel College dug up a new way to bring students together. Freshman and transfer students spent Tuesday cleaning Buetter Park.
Some scrapped debris off fountain walls while others scrubbed the race.
A select few even worked in Kate's Garden.
Around 300 students volunteered today and were split into two shifts.
Each group worked two and a half hours, allowing Bethel to clock in 600 community service hours.
Leaders from Bethel hope this will unite students to their new community.
“What we are trying to do is install a sense of service, but that really isn't that hard because these guys want to work hard,” said Senior Vice President of Bethel, Dennis Engbrecht. “These gals want to get down and dirty in the muck and the mud and clean this out and in the process become service leaders in the community.”
Engbrecht said this is Bethel's 20th service orientation.
The college also holds a service day coming up in early October.