Campbell University students participate in service learning projects this semester including this card-making project for the military. Sara McCarthy of AmeriCorps and campus ministries sponsored this event for 9/11 and other events are planned this fall. From left, are, freshmen Michael Rosenberg, Cary; Chantal Collin, Robbins; and Kirk Stewart, Erwin. “I wanted to get involved in service learning,” explained Rosenberg of the project.
By Brittaney Sloan
In response to President Obama’s 2009 declaration, Campbell’s Campus Ministries organized a memorial day of service Saturday to honor the events of Sept. 11, 2001. 71 people turned out to volunteer Saturday morning, despite the fact that it was a first time campus event.
“The event has received really positive feedback so far from the organizations we [campus ministries] partnered with and from the volunteers themselves,” said Sara McCarthy, AmeriCorps VISTA representative and Campbell graduate.
Sexual Assault and Family Emergency (S.A.F.E.) shelter and advocacy of Harnett County and Helping Hands for Heroes were among the organizations that contributed.
“[The events] offered a positive way to view the day instead of only going back in my mind to the first 9/11,” said McCarthy.
Instead of looking back on the day as one of sadness and bitterness, the focus of the service was to honor those lost and encourage students and faculty to reach out to their neighbors. The idea of being involved and helping in a large group gave those participating one common bond- being neighbors to the community.
Freshman and CU dance team member Meredith St. Claire was not involved in the 9/11 service actvities, but she did see their impact on the campus during the day.
“As I was standing on the field during the game’s moment of silence, thinking about that day nine years ago, I was able to realize how thankful I was for everything I had,” said St. Claire.