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‘Hay’ from LBWCC: College encourages photos with artwork

If you’re driving on the Greenville Bypass near Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, you might notice some unusual hay bales on the front lawn of the local school.

Dean of Administrative Services and Director of the Greenville Campus Peige Josey said the bales were decorated by students, faculty, staff and friends of a variety of student organizations, and she hopes to see people stopping to take pictures with them.

“We are using this as an opportunity for our student organizations to recruit students to join,” Josey said. “Each group did a bale. They asked their members to invite a student who is not a member to join them in helping create the bales. Faculty and staff joined in and it gave us an opportunity to work together.”

Josey said groups participating included the school’s Student Government Association, Mu Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, Christian Student Ministries, Fit Club, Student Support Services and Ambassadors.

“It was a fun and creative way to draw students into these organizations,” she said. “We wanted an activity to draw in the students that might not attend a formal meeting of a group. We wanted to give them a chance to get to know the people in the club. It’s been great watching them work on the bales over the past two weeks.”

However, the bales aren’t just for the enjoyment of students, faculty and staff, according to Josey.

“We thought it would be something for the community to enjoy,” she said. “We want everyone to enjoy this. We encourage people to come on campus, stop, park and take pictures with them. I’ve seen people stop, and we want them to know that they are welcome here.”

Josey said special thanks go to people and businesses that helped the school with the project.

“I want to say a very special thank you to Steve Tanner and also to Quality Co-Op for their help,” she said.

Don’t worry if you can’t make to see the bales before Halloween, Josey said.

“The bales will be up until the week of Thanksgiving Break,” she concluded. “We want to give people a chance to see them. We’ve got some really great, creative people on campus. It was a very good way to help students do something together.”