First-year student brightens up community center
First-year student Michelle John spent her first Saturday as a Bucknellian cutting out caterpillar-shaped name tags for the local children who visit the Donald L. Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg. "As much as I love service," she says, "I love Saturday mornings, so the whole getting up early on a rainy day was tough, but once I was there, I was so glad to be there."
A Posse Scholar from Boston who plans to pursue a management major, Michelle was one of more than 300 members of the Class of 2015 who participated in Bucknell's First Day of Service, an event introducing the newest members of the Bucknell community to volunteering opportunities at more than 35 organizations close to campus.
"The Heiter Center reminds me of a place I painted a mural in back in Boston with City Year," says Michelle. "It was a free after-school program for economically challenged children living with single parents, and I was fortunate enough to brighten up the establishment for those kids. I felt the same feeling at the Heiter center. As a human being sharing this Earth, I was doing what I was supposed to be doing, making something better for someone else."
Michelle hopes to help the Heiter Center with its Halloween party and trick-or-treating. Once she gets a complete grasp of how best to manage her time in college, she wants to become a regular volunteer.
"I loved everything about the experience," she says, "and you can count on me and my hall mates going back and doing our part as soon as we can."