Johnson University students ditch class for a good cause

Johnson University students ditch class for a good cause

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Johnson University students took off to volunteer at local non-profit organizations for their annual Community Service Day. Johnson University students took off to volunteer at local non-profit organizations for their annual Community Service Day.
"We really wouldn't be where we are without the help of the community actually I don't know if we could operate without their help," said Beardsley Farm manager Kahn Chov. "We really wouldn't be where we are without the help of the community actually I don't know if we could operate without their help," said Beardsley Farm manager Kahn Chov.
"It makes me feel good that the stuff we're going to is not just going to benefit the people here, but also tons of people in the community as well," said Junior Kendal Wiley. "It makes me feel good that the stuff we're going to is not just going to benefit the people here, but also tons of people in the community as well," said Junior Kendal Wiley.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Johnson University's entire student body skipped class Wednesday, but it was for a good cause.

The students took off to volunteer at local non-profit organizations for their annual Community Service Day.    

The Beardsley Farm was one of those organizations. It's an unusual farm in that it sits in the middle of the city.

"We grow food daily," said farm manager Kahn Chov. "We grow 400 pounds of vegetables daily that's donated to area food pantries, food kitchens, woman's shelters and mobile meals."

The farm only has three people on staff who work just ten months out of the year. The rest of the work is done by volunteers.

"We really wouldn't be where we are without the help of the community actually I don't know if we could operate without their help," said Chov.

Johnson University is one of many organizations to help, but the school brings some of the most manpower. Nearly 30 students have been coming to help out each year for Community Service Day. For some of these students its their third and fourth years coming to Beardsley.

"It makes me feel good that the stuff we're going to is not just going to benefit the people here, but also tons of people in the community as well," said Junior Kendal Wiley.

"We need all the help we can get and on days like this we will knock out really large jobs like weeding which take one person a really long time," said Chov.

The students say they plan to stay until the job is done, no matter how long it takes.

In all, 700 students took part in this year's Community Service Day, helping 36 non-profit organizations.

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