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Students, faculty and staff with a heart for service traveled to Moore, Okla., in July to provide desperately needed assistance to residents struggling to recover from the massive EF-5 tornado that struck their community May 20. Thirteen students and four faculty/staff volunteers rolled up their sleeves and went to work in the storm-ravaged city, clearing downed trees and other debris, moving furniture into a temporary school and sorting clothing donations to the mission that served as their temporary home. The efforts of the Berry team were featured on KTOV, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa.  The trip was organized by rising sophomore Olivia Paige, assistant director of campus community relations for Berry College Volunteer Services.

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Reporting by student public relations assistant Brittni Trollinger

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Storm Damage near the Original CabinOn April 27, alumni were stunned to see television images of downed trees and damaged buildings after a freak storm struck the Berry campus. Eight months later, on Dec. 22, Mother Nature struck again, this time downing more than 100 trees on the grounds of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum. The storm, which included a tornado, also caused damage to the museum roof, Original Cabin and gift shop as it cut a swath across Rome and neighboring counties. Thankfully, no one on the grounds was hurt during the storm, and Martha Berry’s historic home and its adjacent outbuildings escaped damage. Coverage.

In the aftermath of the April storm, a Tree Replacement Fund was established to help renew the natural beauty of Berry’s campus. To date, more than $65,000 has been donated, 75 percent of which has come from alumni. Nearly 90 percent of the 559 donors are alumni. We offer heartfelt thanks to all who have given for making this effort your own!

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