School’s Undergraduates Take on South Florida Beautification Projects – WATCH VIDEO
September 28, 2012
Nearly 400 freshmen from the School of Business rolled up their sleeves and dedicated a September Saturday to beautifying a number of South Florida sites including Zoo Miami, Fruit and Spice Park, and Everglades National Park.
The third annual Business United Day was part of FIRST Step, a required freshman course in which student teams are also paired with area community groups for the entire fall semester.
The event was co-sponsored by the School of Business Administration and the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development.
Organized by junior Zachary Bernheimer, a legal studies and marketing major, 400 freshmen worked on improving South Florida sites.
“It was a great way for the freshmen to bond and give back to the community at the same time,” said Bernheimer.
Students volunteered in different shifts so there was always a set of hands available throughout the day. They were busy at work on everything from weeding to planting to improve Miami’s outdoor sites.
“One cool thing the students got to do was repaint a house for someone,” said Bernheimer.
“The School of Business is very committed to making sure our students understand the value of community service and understand the communities in which they are doing business,” said Ann Olazabal, vice dean of business education.
Freshman Daniel Emoff said the experience was particularly valuable for students like himself who are not native to Miami.
“We’re giving back to the community that already gives so much to our school so that is nice in itself, but also we get to see the city of Miami,” said Emoff.