Day four! We can’t believe it is almost over. Today was our last service day 😦
One group went to the Thomas Merton Center, where they helped to clean out cans and other food from the basement and then went to Holy Rosary to help Angie with food packaging. This group was also fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to go to an exhibition with Angie which displayed photographs from the photographer Ed Brinsko in McLevy Hall. Brinsko took photographs of Malcom X speaking at University of Bridgeport, and JFK speaking outside the transit station! The students who went there were mesmerized by the beautiful photography, and learned some great history about Bridgeport!
The other group went to Hall House, where they helped with a Basketball Tournament. They sold tickets and did a little cleaning. They also learned a little about a girl named Kristin, who died at the age of 15 from a disease that she had since birth. Despite the challenges that she faced, she lived by the motto love life. Her parents created an organization in her honor, with the same motto. This organization helps to promote awareness, hope and funds for children in need.
All in all it was a productive day! At night we were able to hear about what drove SHU to become so service oriented from two retired faculty members, Ralph and Eileen. It was amazing to hear their stories about service and how the Volunteer Programs and Service and Learning Office got its start.