Over 350 Drew Freshmen Took Downtown Tour
Students 'really enjoyed' DDC's fifth annual event welcoming them to Madison.
More than 350 Drew University freshmen—over 90 percent of the school's newest class—took part in the fifth annual Drew Downtown Tour on Thursday, said Carla Brady, the university's assistant director of Student Activities.
Students were given tours by community leaders and volunteers, dined at borough restaurants and participated in scavenger hunts that involved going into stores and meeting owners.
"It was a gorgeous day, students really enjoyed it," Brady said.
The first tour was started in 2008 by Brady as one way to bolster "town-gown" relations. She said she felt it was important for students to feel part of the Madison community and comfortable in their new hometown for the next four years.
At the same time, having students buzz about Madison and patronize its businesses can help the borough, too, she said.
The tours have led to babysitting jobs, internships and even invitations for home-cooked meals, Brady said.
Salvatore Minardi Salon submitted photos of owner Salvatore Minardi continuing his tradition of greeting Drew student with discounts and refreshment on the tour. The salon looks to build relationships with students throughout the year, offering discounts to all local college students with ID.
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