Each year during the spring semester, classes are cancelled for one day to allow the Simpson community to celebrate Campus Day. This year, more than 600 students, staff and faculty gave their time during the event, which focuses on making positive, environmentally friendly changes to benefit the Indianola community.
Founded in 1889, Campus Day, Simpson’s longest-standing tradition encourages everyone to participate in community service projects both on and off campus.
Some teams of volunteers went out in the community to help rake yards, clean up highways and help at Wesley Woods, but the majority of teams mulched, cleared brush, and raked on campus.
“We tried to bring Campus Day back to its roots this year and really focus on Simpson’s campus,” said Sarah Harl, assistant director of student activities. “It was great to watch the process unfold and to see so many people helping the grounds crew keep campus beautiful.”
Campus Day is one of the many ways Simpson students, faculty and staff contribute to the Central Iowa community. Simpson was named to the “Top 25 schools for Do-Gooders” by Newsweek and has been nationally recognized for the last five years for its service as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.