What a fun final week in the Student Village! So many finals yet so many things to do. The RAs in the Student Village came up with some programs to keep the residents busy and to give back to their community. On Dec. 9, the RAs put together a multicultural night. To prepare, the RA’s brainstormed ideas to represent their cultures, as well as the residents’ cultures. In the end, they picked Asian, Latin-American, Spanish, Italian, American and British.
There were flags put up in the classroom representing the different cultures as well as different items such as chopsticks and cultural decorations. The RA’s prepared food such as arroz con gandules, pasteles, empanadas, spaghetti and meatballs, fried rice, and kimchi. They also created a kahoot about American and African American history and culture. They played music and had a lot of fun with the whole event.
On Dec. 10, the RAs, RD, student mentor Christine and RHA put together a “midnight
breakfast” for the residents here in the Student Village. This breakfast was put together to give the residents a break from studying so they can enjoy a meal at no cost to them. There were pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots and juice.
The program started at
9 p.m. Around 6 p.m., the breakfast was being made and took 3 hours to put all together.
Once it was finished, RHA and RA’s served all the students their plates of food and the RAs played music and made sure the residents were enjoying their late night breakfast. The residents really enjoyed the breakfast as well as the break from late night studying.
For the final program of the semester, Abigail Allen and faculty member Christine organized a holiday card program for residents in United Methodist Homes down the road from the school. Some of the residents in the nursing homes do not have family and do not receive anything for
the holidays. We wanted to make them feel special and to know that we care.
On Dec. 11, Christine and Abby helped residents make cards for the 120 senior citizens in the nursing home.
Each card had a personal note written inside, and no two cards were the same. The 20 residents that came to help created amazing cards really made it a very special holiday for the residents in the nursing home. They will be delivered to the nursing home on Dec. 18 and each resident will get one.
This has been an amazing semester filled with creative programs that have really engaged our
residents in the Student Village. This final week of such amazing programs was the cherry on top of such a fantastic semester!