Bulloch County has begun to welcome back college students to Statesboro. If you have made a trip to the grocery store, you know they coming back.

Now is the time to roll out the weclome mat and help give them and their families a great first impression.

We at Grice Connect and Lori Grice Photography in downtown Statesboro are doing everything we can to welcome them to our community.

We have our windows decorated, GS flags flying and Marketing Department signs in place.

Lori, Edie Grace and I, invite you all to join us in welcoming our students back home.

Traffic Increased, Restaurants and Grocery stores busy

Expect traffic to continue to pick up over the weekend, grocery stores will be stressed to keep up inventory and restaurants will be packed. Locals need to plan accordingly.

When classes start Wednesday, August 11, Georgia Southern will be welcoming another very strong freshman class. They are projecting a slight uptick in overall enrollment, which should put them at over 27,000 total students.

From the number of Uhaul trucks and increased traffic, we see many of them have returned already.

This weekend GS will welcome a large freshman class to the dorms with Operation Move In. For many of the students and their parents this will be their first opportunity to experience Statesboro.

Volunteer for Operation Move In

Operation Move In is a great opportunity for the community to help GS welcome the students and parents create a great first impression of our community.

Click here to learn more about volunteering for Operation Move In.

Community volunteers, Georgia DOT, City of Statesboro, Bulloch County, civic groups and local businesses have been working the last few weeks to get grass cut, pick up trash and clean up Statesboro as we put out the welcome mat.

Random Acts of Kindness Needed

If you can’t volunteer to help in some way, everyone can perform a small random act of kindness this week and weekend.

If you have ever sent a child away to college, you completely understand how emotional this weekend will be for parents and students.

Many of them are leaving home for the first time. Choosing Statesboro was a big decision for them. A simple act of generosity, may be just the sign they need to reassure them that they have chosen wisely.

Businesses Reminded to Place Welcome Messages

Businesses are encouraged to place welcome back messages on their marquees and display signage to welcome students back.

Fred David, owner of The Marketing Department in Statesboro has produced welcome back signs.

Fred is selling the signs for $15 and will deliver these to your home or business.

Call Fred at 912-549-9008 or email him at marketing@fndavid.com to order your signs.

GS $1 Billion Economic impact

With all the challenges and inconveniences locals will experience this week, we must remember the huge economic impact all students bring to Statesboro and Bulloch County.

According to the latest economic impact study released by the University System of Georgia, Georgia Southern’s economic impact for Statesboro, Savannah and our region nears $1 Billion for the 2020 fiscal year. The employ over 9,000 and serve over 27,000 students.

We have much to be grateful for in the Boro. University students definitely TOP that list.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...