Matt Watson (left), a 2012 graduate from Tuttle, Dusty Barrett (right), a senior mathematics major from Godley, Texas, help clear yard waste for homebound patients of Ross Home Health as part of Drover Difference Day in 2012. The day of volunteerism is entering its third year with a new round of projects on March 1.

Students reach into community on Drover Difference Day

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Students, staff and faculty left the dorms and classrooms and headed into the community to make Chickasha a better place to live as Drover Difference Day entered its third year at the University of Science and Arts.


On March 1, USAO volunteer crews fanned out all over town to engage in volunteer projects. Work was done in conjunction with the City of Chickasha, YMCA, Resurrection House, Ross Home Health patients and the Grady County Historical Society storage facility.


On Feb. 18, Mayor Hank Ross proclaimed March 1 as “Drover Difference Day” to recognize this annual day of service.


Ross sees the effort as an example of what Chickasha does best.


"Great communities stand on solid planning and hearty volunteerism," said Ross.


"I salute the students, faculty and staff who volunteer in the Drover Difference Day. It's a great example of what unites Chickasha -- people who care and are generous."


Local businesses sponsored Drover Difference Day by providing lunch and other support materials for the volunteers.


Sponsors this year included Walmart, La Fiesta, A&E Grill, Homeland, Domino’s Pizza and Chicken Express.


Drover Difference Day is organized each year by USAO’s Student Services team.


More information about Drover Difference Day, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, can be obtained by calling 574-1278.