Freshmen haven’t been in middle school for some years, but some of Corban’s freshmen actually did some heavy work at a middle school in town this past Tuesday, Aug 28, when the university sent them out to serve the community.
Leaving the university around 9 a.m., the students arrived at the middle school shortly after — to what appeared to be a daunting task. According to Sam Campbell, the garden was a mess when they started. However, there was no shortage of good attitudes.
The students quickly set to work pulling weeds, clearing dead vegetation and prepping the vegetable beds for the school year.
“The whole time I was doing it I was imaging the look on [the students’] face[s] when they got to see how nice their garden was,” said Micaela Soria. Another treat for Soria was how the woman in charge of the garden lit up after she saw how much work the Corban students had done.
“They did a great job,” said Ralph Johnson, the Leslie staff member there to instruct the students. “They were hard workers; we’re always excited to have Corban students.”
While the students were there to serve, some found a new friend. Campbell and her friends found a small green slug and a furry caterpillar that they played with. They also found a dead slug they named Stevie; Campbell noted that they did not play with him.
Campbell added that she feels the service project helped the core group to connect and integrate among each other.
“You can only know so much about people when you’re just talking, but, if you’re actually working with them, I think it’s so much better,” she added.