Twelfth annual Drover Difference Day brings out more than 100 volunteers

Science & Arts works to improve the community in a variety of ways

CHICKASHA, Okla. (March 8, 2022) –For over a decade, faculty, staff and students from the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma have participated in Drover Difference Day, the university’s annual community service initiative, giving back to the community that supports them.

The 12th annual event was held March 4 and saw over 100 volunteers working at 11 different sites around Chickasha. Service locations included: the Grady County Historical Society, Chickasha Police Department, Read Across America, Heidi Helping the Homeless, Chickasha YMCA, Salvation Army, Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, Intervention Crisis and Advocacy Network and the Science & Arts Prom Boutique.

“Drover Difference Day has become immensely important in bringing Science & Arts and the Chickasha community closer together,” said Nancy Hughes, associate vice president for student services and human resources. “It not only gives our students important opportunities for service learning, it also shows the town that we are here to improve everyone’s quality of life in as many ways as possible. This day of service has a concrete impact on our surroundings, whether helping the underserved or simply beautifying the landscape.”

Another aspect of Drover Difference Day is the Science & Arts Prom Boutique, which was hosted on March 5 in the Student Center. This year, 52 students from 16 area high schools were able to find clothes 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.

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