Eau Claire (WQOW) - A new activity is aiming to get college students aquatinted with the town they'll be living in. On Friday UW-Eau Claire hosted "UW Meets EC". Students were bused from the towers dorm to downtown Eau Claire.
They were dropped off in Phoenix Park and walked to Owen Park, with stops along the way. Dozens of businesses and non-profit organizations had specials and welcomed the students with prizes. The university says it hopes new students who come from out of town will feel more familiar with their surroundings beyond where they take classes.
"One thing we know is that a lot of students don't find downtown until they're living off campus, so sometimes they're juniors or seniors before they realize we have a downtown other than just Water Street. So, we'd like to do something downtown to introduce students to the organizations downtown where they might want to do their service learning projects," said Julia Diggins, Assistant Director of New Student Orientation.
Each student who attends the university must complete a service learning project, before they graduate, where they spend at 30 hours doing community service with a learning component.