Seventh annual Drover Difference Day sees more than 200 students volunteering

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Seventh annual Drover Difference Day sees more than 200 students volunteering


For seven years now, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has hosted a community service initiative known as Drover Difference Day. During this all-day event, faculty, staff and students from USAO volunteer at various sites throughout Chickasha both as an opportunity for service-learning and to give something back to the community that supports them.

This year’s Drover Difference Day took place March 3, 2017 and saw over 215 volunteers working on 21 different projects. Some of the locations included the Grady County Historical Society, Chickasha Police Department, Shannon Springs Nursing Home, Chickasha Public Library, Chickasha Nursing Center, Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center, YMCA, Salvation Army and several private homes.

On Feb. 20, Mayor Hank Ross proclaimed March 3 as “Drover Difference Day” to recognize this annual day of service.

Another aspect of Drover Difference Day is the USAO Prom Boutique, which was hosted on March 4 in Station 82 in the Student Center. This year, 59 girls were able to find dresses for their prom at no cost. Stocked through clothing donations to the university, the Prom Boutique allows local high school students to obtain quality wardrobe items that might not otherwise be available to them.

“Drover Difference Day is immensely important to both USAO and the Chickasha community” said Nancy Hughes, USAO’s dean of students. “It not only gives our staff and students important experience volunteering, but it also shows the town that USAO is here to improve everyone’s quality of life in as many ways as possible. We are here to have a concrete impact on our surroundings.”

In addition, 41 volunteers read to young students in honor of Read Across America Day. Involving nearly 50 classes at Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center, Grand Avenue Elementary and Head Start, these readers reached more than 800 children, including virtually everyone in pre-K through 4th grades.

USAO wants to note their special thanks to First National Bank, who donated cases of water for the volunteers, and to the following restaurants, who provided lunch: Interurban, A&E, Chicken Express, Dominos, Subway, Mazzio’s, Temezcal, BJ’s, Maria’s Mexican Kitchen, Crazy 8’s, Jimmy’s Egg, Shollie’s Bakery, Wal-Mart and Sodexo.