Students help at the Bonifas during Bay College's Day of Service

October 5, 2018  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

ESCANABA — Friday was a Day of Service for students at Bay College. Students and staff spent the day volunteering at several non-profit organizations.

Board of Trustee Stephen Davis told the volunteers that providing service is a way of connecting with the community.

Bay TRIO Director Jill Martin headed the group that went to the Bonifas Arts Center Friday. They made props for the arts center's fundraising event A Night of Magic and Wizardry that will be held Oct. 26 and 27.

"Very fun to have them walk and what are we do? They were give various assignments and they were like, 'what?' We were like, 'you're going to be creating stuff' and they were like, 'ok.' We started with baby steps and the next thing you know they were off and running," said Martin.

Sophomore Ben Schwalbach of Gladstone made a vanishing cabinet with other members of the Norse baseball team. He said he enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community.

"I think for me it's easier to understand just because I live here and I know this community. But I think this helps the other kids like the three from Australia and some people who haven't lived around here and are coming to school here now to know that there is a community here for them and that we're here for the community too," Schwalbach said.

Other sites included the Delta Animal Shelter, Escanaba city parks, Delta County Trail Network, Tri-County Safe Harbor and Escanaba Public Library.

Following their day of service, students returned to Bay College for a picnic and concert.


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