Left to Right Top: Clara Malanaphy, Emma Dunn, Emily Holman, Brian Lucksinger, Karlye Peterson, Alyssa Iverson, Mariah Kalmon, Willie Skinner; Left to Right Bottom: Cristina Bommarito, Hannah Manley, Sarah Van Sickle, Jaci Meagher
This Hudson High School troop decided to spend their October break on a multi-city service tour with YAH and Students Today Leaders Forever. Destination. Kansas City, Missouri. We left Hudson, WI on Wednesday, October 17th at 4:30 p.m.
Along with our HHS youth we shared our bus with a group from Johnson Senior High School in Saint Paul. The Johnson youth were with a program called Get Ready. Get Ready is an early intervention, early college awareness program in which the Office of Higher Education outreach staff work with students from families under-represented in college and provide them with the tools and experiences that will help motivate and prepare them to complete high school and pursue postsecondary education. The program is designed to improve the pre-college preparation and college success rate of low-income students. This combo was a phenomenal experience for our youth. As you can see we grew as a bus and became known as jhud2012! Ask your youth about bus speed dating!
Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. In the 1950's, Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark, conceived the idea of an urban renewal project known today as Crown Center. The dramatic pool fountain located here is unusual in that it has no visible retaining basin, plumbing, or nozzles. Forty-nine water jets coupled with a 300 watt colored light are placed under a special grating. This arrangement allows for the programming of various water displays.
We spent our first night in Decorah, Iowa. That morning we divided into five groups and went out to do service projects. My group went to Good Shepherd Church to assist Alicia Trout. Trout works with a non-profit called Kinderhaus and later that month the Iowa's Department of Education was coming to inspect a fence that we were going to help her build. Trout said, "We took the weight off her shoulders and saved her behind!"
Before leaving Decorah, we toured Luther College with a population of 2500 students.
Next on our tour list was Iowa City. In Iowa City we worked at the Afro-American Cultural Center on the University of Iowa campus that is the center for student involvement and leadership. The space is meant to provide a supportive and inclusive environment and programs that empower students, faculty, staff and community themselves to experience diversity, engage in activism, make positive choices, and serve their communities. University of Iowa has many “home away from homes” and we were fortunate to have a tour of each of the cultural centers. These tours showed our students an aspect of campus life that may or may not be important to them as they begin to look at colleges themselves.
Then, of course, we had to tour University of Iowa!
Next was Chillicothe, MO where we made cards for a nursing home. Each student made 4 cards with a variety of messages. Then we headed to Kansas City to the Harvesters Food Network, the area’s only food bank. Harvesters is a food bank, which is a centralized food collection and distribution facility that provides food and household products to agencies serving people in need. In 2012, Harvesters distributed 41 million pounds of food and household products to the hungry. We contributed to this number by sorting and repackaging donated items.