In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18, the Student Government Association, partnering with Community and Residential Development, sponsored a leadership conference followed by service projects. Around 70 students and staff participated.
The day started off at 11:30 a.m. on the Friends University campus with guest speaker, Craig Bay, G’92/M’96. Bay discussed his time at Friends University, being Christ-centered and seeking to understand, love and respect others. A three-course lunch was provided.
In the afternoon, students were split into two groups. A group of 25 students and sponsors went to Rainbows United and helped organize a building’s worth of tables, chairs, office supplies and toys for an auction. The money raised went to help the organization.
The other group of about 40 students and sponsors went to the Kansas Masonic Home and assisted its residents with a senior Olympics. Basketball, beanbag tosses, Wii bowling, trivia, seated volleyball and other activities were facilitated by the students and sponsors.
Although this was the second year for the leadership conference, this was the first year for a service component. According to Brian Bollinger, head of Community and Residential Development, a similar service project has been discussed for next year.
“We all hope that each student saw a tremendous need for service in our community,” Bollinger said. “Working with special needs students and senior citizens is an opportunity for service day, and the rewards are tremendous for both the student and the community. The event was a great time to see what community organizations are doing for those in need, and I really enjoyed working with the students as they took time out of their schedules to give to others.”