By 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, it was clear that this year’s Apple Day was going to be a record-breaker.

students gleaning in 2011

Nearly 200 students, faculty, and staff answered the call of Mary Baldwin students who established Apple Day in the name of service seven decades ago. They gathered in the Student Activities Center parking lot, bundled up against the fall chill and ready to board four charter buses bound for Woodbine Farms in Strasburg. Their goal was to glean apples for the Luray and Washington DC area food banks. And to top last year’s impressive total of 4,400 pounds of harvested apples.

It’s not clear whether the volunteers were motivated by the invitation from President Pamela Fox (pictured above wearing pink, with students at the farm) to join this year’s effort or inspired by the symbol the sophomore class created for this year’s Apple Day — Gladys the Riveter. But not only did they beat last year’s total, they shattered it, setting a new record by collecting 10,000 pounds of mostly Red Delicious apples.

Other students pitched in on campus by working in the community garden off of Prospect Street and in the herb garden behind Hunt Dining Hall. Dining Services staff contributed to the festivities with a mouth-watering, apple-infused brunch. And student clubs rose to the Apple Day challenge with a lively carnival, ending the day on a satisfying note.