The Centre College Bonner Program, and three of its students, were recognized with a 2016-17 Inspiring Service Award.
The Bonner Program earned the Ruby Award for 22,9000-plus hours of service during the school year, which specifically highlighted Centre’s work with the After-School Program, the Refugee Resettlement and the Shelby City African-American Cemetery. Hannah Gibbs ’19 and Megan Reid ‘18 received Merit awards for their service and Sam Winkelman ’18 received the Ambassador award.
“This is a great recognition for the students in the Bonner Program,” Director of Community Service and Bonner Program Greg Chery said. “This award is simply a glimpse into the great work that these students are doing on a weekly basis.
Centre’s Bonner Program seeks to develop the skills, knowledge, experience and commitment to students who are engaged in community service throughout the four years of their experience. Each Bonner student dedicates 8 to 10 hours of service in the community every week and a total of 140 each semester.
“Our program is comprised of a dedicated group of 60 diverse students who, in partnership with a network of community partner agencies and organizations, help to meet the needs of our community while building the capacity of these organizations to perform ever-greater works,” Chery said.
This last school year was Chery’s first year as director of the program, which has been a rewarding year for him.
“I have learned how passionate our students are about social justice issues that are impacting both the Centre and Danville communities,” he said. “Bonner students are rock stars in the community. They are eager to find new ways to make a difference.”
The three students recognized alone have experienced unique opportunities for service while participating in the Bonner Program.
Gibbs started the student initiative service organization STAND with chapters at multiple Kentucky institutions. She was also named a Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Reid has worked with Centre’s After-School Program as a tutor.
During this past school year, Winkelman logged an impressive 779 hours of service. During this past spring, the rising senior interned at the Alice Fong Yu Elementary in San Francisco, California, educating students about gardening, sustainability and the outdoor environment.
“The students who participate in the program are uniquely transformed through the personal and professional growth that comes from membership in the Bonner community and regular engagement in experiential learning through service,” Chery said.
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 21, 2017