"I have been raking mulch all day long," says Hailee Bowman, a freshman at John Brown University.
More than 400 students spread across Siloam Springs are learning the very first lesson of the semester.
"It just really is trying to set the tone that at JBU one of our focuses is to serve. That we don't only pour into our students that we want our students to pour out," says Jane Beers, an Assistant Professor of Biology at John Brown University.
And with the sun beating down, service wasn't the only thing pouring out of students.
"It's just been so much fun, I'm tired but so much fun and it's so worth it," says Bowman.
Serve Siloam is something the university does every year, with incoming freshmen during orientation week.
"College is a time to transform students. It's an opportunity for them to just see this in action. These kids came up and there was just a pile of mulch and now they can turn around and see we made a difference," says Beers.
Teaching lessons and saving the city employees time and money.
"Students can do it in an hour and a half what he [city employee] said it would take them 2-3 weeks," says Beers.
Building goodwill outside the university bubble.
"I think it sets a tone for the university and the interface the university has with the community that we really do care and we want to be a part of this community."