Press Release

HLGU Freshmen to Receive an Award for Community Service

Friday, February 1, 2013
by Rebecca Sneed

Hannibal, MO- The Hannibal-LaGrange University freshman class is being awarded the Community Partnership Award, given by Douglass Community Services, for their Freshman Seminar class service project. Over 140 students and 7 instructors came together to give back to the community.

The freshman service project is an idea developed by Dr. Karry Richardson, Associate Dean of Academic and Career Services, to help the freshman students embrace to school motto, Knowledge for Service.

“Serving as the Freshman Seminar Coordinator, I want to thank Douglass Community Services for recognizing all the freshman seminar participants,” said Dr. Richardson. “I am proud of the students, instructors, and transporter who demonstrated their commitment to live out Hannibal-LaGrange University’s motto.”

This service project consisted of each of the ten HLGU Freshman Seminar classes collecting items for the area Head Start Programs in Hannibal, New London, and Palmyra.

The Freshman Seminar student leadership team, elected from the classes by their peers, formulated a plan by which each class would gather hats, gloves, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other such items, in order to fill a gift bag for each child at the Head Start schools.

"At first, the planning seemed overwhelming, but the students, faculty, and countless others all contributed to make this project possible,” said student leader Julie Olson. “Seeing my classmates give their time to the children and faculty at Head Start reminded me that Christmas is about always showing the love of Jesus wherever we go."

The students started to collect for the gift bags mid-November, allowing time for them to gather the items while home over Thanksgiving break. When they came back, they got busy packing.

All in all, more than 1000 items were collected, allowing the students to fill 138 bags, one for each child, and an additional 55 bags filled with baked goods for the Head Start staff. The freshman class also elected to purchase each child a Webkinz stuffed animal out of their class budget.

After the gift bags were completed, the students organized a party with the Head Start children in which they played, helped them do a craft, took their picture, led them in Christmas songs, put on skits, and read stories.

Freshman Quinn Loveall said “I greatly enjoyed going to their school and spending time with them, and giving them gift bags of goodies!”

In order to collect more items, a competition was started between each of the ten Freshman Seminar classes. The winners of this competition were Mrs. Michelle Todd’s students who collected 285 of the items.

“Instructors want students to learn early in their college experience, that the knowledge they are gaining at HLGU will help them prepare themselves to better impact their communities,” said Mrs. Todd. “Knowledge for the sake of gaining knowledge is shallow. Instead, when using knowledge to serve in their communities, students are reaching further than themselves, sharing love, and in many cases impacting the culture for Christ. This is an important part of the HLGU experience.”

“Being out in the community and being able to help others and spend time with kids was a lot of fun,” said class member Jarek Millburg. “It makes me happy knowing I am doing something that can help others even if it is only a little bit because even a little bit can make a difference.”

Elizabeth Duzan, another member of the class also stated “The service project took a lot of work and cooperation, but because of that, our freshman seminar class grew closer together and was able to make an impact in the lives of others. It was definitely a very rewarding experience.”

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations