Service event inspires creative student
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 06:05
Junior Chad Potter hopped up and down in a full-body bunny costume, encouraging students to participate in a service event last week on The Green.
Potter, a resident assistant who helped organize the program, said he found the costume in a friend’s closet and thought it would draw attention to the service stations that surrounded the fountain on South Campus.
“I dressed as a bunny to get [students] excited to come out and have a good time,” he said.
Residence Life sponsored “Giving on the Green” on May 8, a service event which included simple activities students could do while passing by, according to Katie Pifer, Residence Hall Coordinator for South Central Campus. Pifer and other resident assistants organized the various stations and music that surrounded the fountain on South Campus.
“We want to make a difference for the community and show the students that they can make a difference,” Pifer said.
Volunteers made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless shelters, created spin art for patients at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and wrote letters to troops and state representatives. Event organizers distributed raffle tickets for prizes such as footballs, Frisbees and T-shirts.
Sophomore Stefanie Pierce said while walking near the South Green last Tuesday, she saw the service stations and decided to stop by. She said she enjoys volunteering and liked that this event gave her the opportunity to help in a more creative way than just giving a financial donation.
“I want to help as many people as I can, not just with money, but also with art,” Pierce said.
Meghan Morrow, a junior and RA in Kent Hall, said her goal in organizing the event was to introduce her residents and other students to service opportunities.
“We want to engage [the students] in something that is selfless and an eye-opener too, regarding the community groups that try to make a difference,” she said.
Pifer said she thought students enjoyed the activities and appreciated that they did not take a lot of time. During the event, she explained which organizations and individuals the crafts and letters would be sent to while encouraging students to stay involved with the groups they were helping.
Senior Kiante Tomlin said she visited the service stations after receiving an email about the event. She said she enjoys volunteering and her favorite activity at the day’s event was making spin art.
“I like giving back and showing people that we still care although we are in college,” Tomlin said.