Classes were canceled at the University of Sioux Falls Wednesday, but don’t think students took the day off.
Wednesday was the university’s Culture for Service Day.
620 students, faculty, and staff volunteered at organizations all over the city.
From Feeding South Dakota to Habitat Humanity, USF partnered with 30 organizations.
A group of about 70 showed up at the Great Plains Zoo.
Brenna Stevens is trading in her college work for cob webs.
The USF freshman is weaving in a touch of Halloween leading up ZooBoo at the Great Plains Zoo.
“All my life I’ve done a lot of mission trips, but I’ve never done a lot with the community of Sioux Falls,” USF Freshman Brenna Stevens said.
Meanwhile, Mercede Odegaard spent the morning stretching out strings of lights and securing them to this fence.
“I like helping people and just to be able to help people and give back because they do a lot for us,” USF Student Mercede Odegaard said.
On top of decorating, students also helped with some landscaping projects.
But serving the community isn’t the only reason to smile today.
This community service falls at a time when it feels like summer out.
“I was wearing my winter coat this past weekend for our football game so it feels good today to be in the sun,” Odegaard said.
“It was freezing cold yesterday and now it’s sunny and nice,” Stevens said.
Sure, the breeze makes working with webs a little tricky.
“The wind is not helping our situation,” Stevens said.
But giving back is proving to be a treat.
ZooBoo runs October 26-28.
The event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday and 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Click here for ticket information.