Southern Pride helps those in need

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Keiante Polley

Last Saturday, Southern Pride marched to the sound of a different tune. Twenty-five members of GSU’s marching band came together and volunteered at Statesboro First United Methodist Church’s Soup Kitchen.

The meal and music number was just one of many events planned by GSU’s “Southern Pride Stepping Out”. A program started by Colin McKenzie, D.M.A., assistant professor of Music and director of Athletic Bands. Mckenzie states, “The idea really was to get our students more engaged in the local community, and out in the community”.

Along side Sara Melford, director of the Soup Kitchen, Southern Pride managed to feed around 150 people. Sarah ,a former chemistry teacher, with the assistance of others, organizes volunteers and food for the soup kitchen weekly. Some of the Southern Pride members responsibilities included preparing food, and bringing dinner plates to the Statesboro Summit Apartments for the elderly, and then serving dinner to the attendants.

McKenzie told GSU, Southern Pride will continue to look for service projects in the area, and will be serving with Habitat for Humanity in the Spring.