Students Devote Semester of Service to the Yankton Community
Every year the freshman seminar groups at Mount Marty College choose a service project to complete. In the past years, many groups raked lawns for members of the Yankton community that are unable to do it themselves. In an attempt to broaden the reach of these service projects the groups were challenged to create a service project that fulfilled a need in Yankton and surrounding communities.
"I really thought it was important for the students to have ownership of these projects - to have a passion for them. Plus, there were areas in the community that I felt we could serve that we weren't already" stated Dr. Katie Harrell, a retention counselor and director of freshman advising at Mount Marty College.
Each Mount Marty College group proved to be quite creative in the service project that they chose. One group went trick or treating on Halloween and collected items for the Yankton County Contact Center. The two classes that participated, composed of Dr. Vicki Geiser and Stephen English's students, collected over 160 pounds of non-perishable food items and necessities for the community. Another group of eight students participated in a scavenger hunt around the MMC campus to collect items for the Contact Center as well. This scavenging resulted in over 200 items being delivered just before Thanksgiving.
Other groups of students collected spare change and donations to make Christmas stockings for individuals in need, volunteered time at the Boys and Girls Club of Yankton, and sent letters to deployed troops for Christmas. One group even constructed quilts for Avera Sacred Heart Hospital while still filling the need of raking elderly community members' lawns.
"We really strive at Mount Marty to develop our students as a whole and service is a major component to that." Harrell continued, "I really look forward to this project growing over the years to come".
For more information on this project contact Dr. Katie Harrell at 605-668-1554 or visit the Mount Marty College Student Life website.