More than 250 Drovers impacted community during sixth annual Drover Difference Day

More than 250 Drovers impacted community during sixth annual Drover Difference Day


Students, faculty and staff volunteered, serving the Chickasha area March 4

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma held its sixth annual day of community service, Drover Difference Day, Friday, March 4. More than 250 USAO students, faculty and staff spent the day volunteering throughout Chickasha.

Organizations hosting volunteers included the Grady County Historical Society, Chickasha Police Department, Chickasha Public Library, Shanoan Springs Nursing Home, CPD Neighborhood Services Division, Washita Valley Community Action Head Start, Resurrection House, Southwest Youth and Family Services, Grace Living Center, Chickasha Public School Foundation, Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha Animal Shelter, YMCA, two homes with Ross Health Care, Shannon Springs Park, Lincoln Elementary,  Salvation Army, Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN), The Art of Encouragement, and the USAO Prom Boutique.

“Drover Difference Day allows students, faculty and staff to get plugged in to the Chickasha community,” said Dean of Students Nancy Hughes. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our USAO family to come together to work on common projects. Any opportunity to volunteer on Drover Difference Day is an opportunity to impact someone.”

In addition, 49 students, faculty and staff read to young students in honor of Read Across America Day. Reading to classes in Head Start, Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center and Grand Avenue Elementary, volunteers read to more than 1,000 children in 52 classes.

The day kicked off with a breakfast before volunteers broke out in to groups for morning volunteer sessions. To show university spirit, students also received special Drover Difference Day t-shirts to wear while volunteering. Chickasha Lumber Company, Ross True Value and Brandt’s Ace Hardware supplied equipment for the various projects. All American Pizza, Temazcal, Interurban, Chicken Express, BJ’s, Crazy 8’s, Dominoes, Sodexo and First National Bank provided breakfast, lunch and cases of water for all volunteers.