Students participate in service activities during 2019 Welcome Week

Students helped dump pop tabs into containers. These tabs are donated, collected and recycled by the Ronald McDonald House to raise money.
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WDTV)-- As students at WVU are gearing up for their first day of class, Wednesday, they've had a few days of Welcome Week activities.

On Monday, freshman students assisted staff at the Ronald McDonald House.

They helped them get organized, which included projects both inside the house and outside. Students did some weeding, cleaning, helped cook and organized items.

Another important task was dumping hundreds of pop tabs into containers that are donated and then recycled.

The money raised from this goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House.

One student says giving back to the community is rewarding and it gives them a chance to meet new friends.

"These services activities that we have today, has helped me make a lot of new friends. I made a new friend today, I didn't even know that she was on my floor, so it was great," said incoming freshman, Tiffany Tooker.

Other Welcome Week activities included service with the Moutaineer Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

The Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown released a statement saying, "We are grateful for the ongoing support that the students and staff from West Virginia University extend to our Charity. Community support plays an important role in helping us carry out our mission of providing a supportive and nurturing environment to families who must travel to receive medical care for their children."