On Monday, Aug. 26, 138 Culver Academies students and 26 faculty members divided into 18 teams for a Day of Service.
The students were CGA sophomores and CMA cadets not involved with new student orientation. They spent the day working at 11 different sites on campus, the surrounding Culver community, and non-profit organizations in Plymouth and South Bend.
The day started with a meeting in Eppley Auditorium, where the students were asked to share their thoughts on “Why Service?” The discussion included references to the Logansport flood, and how Culver has stepped up to the occasion when called to serve.
Campus work included removing invasive plant species from the Bird Sanctuary, cleaning the military vehicles, and power washing the portable floor mats used to protect Fleet Gym. Several groups worked at the Culver Town Park weeding the rain gardens, raking up aquatic weeds along the beach, and washing the benches and picnic tables at the town park. Students at Miller’s Merry Manor played bingo with the residents and Campbell Overfelt ’22 (above/Greenwood, Indiana) played her harp. Members of the Band cleaned out a storage facility for retired faculty member Anne Duff. And several groups went to 110 Blackberry Farm, owned by Brian Christner ’79, to paint fences and pick blackberries for use in the Lay Dining Hall.
Students and faculty members who went to Plymouth sorted clothing and restocked the food pantry shelves at the Marshall County Neighborhood Center and played games with senior citizens at the Life Enrichment Center. The South Bend groups sorted clothing and served lunch at the Center for the Homeless and mucked stalls at the Reins for Life riding center.
The logistics behind the Day of Service was handled by a special steering committee from the Leadership Department and faculty members from the Humanities and Science department. Facilities, Transportation, the FLiK dining staff, creative services, student life, and the Eppley Auditorium staff provided support services.
On Thursday, everyone involved with the service work met in small groups to discuss their experiences and compare notes.