|Illinois student is Volunteer of the Month
RELEASED: Dec. 23, 2004
DANVILLE, KYMacy Dykema, a junior English major from Morrison Ill., is Centre's Volunteer of the Month for November. She was chosen for organizing a Christmas party for the families of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
The idea of the Christmas party sprung from a lunch Dykema had with Trina McFarland, Centre's director of community service, and Libby Suttles, the director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
"We were discussing ideas for some other BB/BS events coming up and it was suggested that we have a Christmas party," Dykema said. "Christmas being my favorite holiday, I was more than willing to undertake the project.
"I thought it would be a great idea to have it be very craft oriented, so I asked friends and family for ideas," she adds. "There was a station where snowman ornaments were made, decorating pinecones, face painting, decorating stockings, bean bag toss, pin the nose on Rudolph, and Christmas coloring pages. We also had a scavenger hunt for snowmen and a reading of The Night Before Christmas to end the party."
About 40 "Littles" attended, 25 "Bigs" and some of the parents.
Libby Suttles, director of the BB/BS program was thrilled with Macy's handiwork.
"She paid attention to every detail. The music was perfect, the children adored the games; the whole party was full of love!"
"I would like to thank C.A.R.E., Trina, Sam Ruth and all the volunteers who helped me run the party," Dykema says.
The volunteer award program at Centre recognizes some of the many students who provide service to the local community. Each year, around 60 percent of all Centre students become community volunteers. The College encourages volunteerism with a community service day each year as part of the orientation for first-year students.
For more information, contact Trina McFarland, director of community service at Centre, at (859) 238-5479 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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