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Warner University continued their tradition of Warner Cares Day, now the fifth annual, with over 450 Warner University faculty, staff, and students all serving the community on April 5.

Over 350 of those were Warner students.

“It’s a blessing and inspiration to be a part of this family that comes together to serve others,” said student Emilio Giler.

The Warner family gave back over 1,600 hours of volunteer work with even more projects this year, 45 total, and extending beyond the city of Lake Wales to include Winter Haven.

Projects consisted of reading to kids and gardening at elementary schools, such as Hillcrest, painting and cleaning the Lake Wales Airport, to helping the Care Center Thrift Store, and much more.

The day kick-started with the opening ceremony presented by Warner University President Dr. David Hoag, along with special guests Lake Wales City Mayor Eugene Fultz, and City Manager Kenneth Fields.

Warner Cares Day was made possible through Senior Director of Special Projects and SACSCOC Liaison James Moyer, Coordinator of Distance Library Services Amy Beatty, and Academic Secretary Julie Selent.

“It is so amazing to see our campus serve our community.  The generous attitude of our students humbled me,” said Beatty. “A number of students even asked if this could become a bi-annual event.”