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Silver Lake College Students, Staff, Faculty Cherish Opportunity to Help Others during Spring Break
Instead of spending their spring break relaxing, more than 20 students from Silver Lake College recently chose to spend their week off helping those less fortunate.
Tommy Nelson, director of campus ministry, collaborated with 15 students and two faculty/staff colleagues on an Alternative Spring Break 2014 trip to Memphis, Tenn., where they worked with an organization called SOS Memphis.
SOS stands for Service Over Self, which was a lesson instilled in all of the participants. The Silver Lake College team helped low-income residents in Memphis make their homes drier, safer and warmer — accomplished in part by helping replace roof shingles.
Over the course of the week, everyone got to know each other and the people they were serving though shared meals, work, prayer and fellowship.
“The effects of the trip will be felt in Memphis as the homeowners’ lives are steadily improved by the work we began,” Nelson said. “Most assuredly, the effects of the trip will also be felt back home at SLC as our students have learned to truly serve others not for our own glory, but for the glory of God. The trip was life changing for many, and all of the students hope to share the joy of their experiences with everyone back home.”
Students on the Memphis trip included Mary Bettag, Allyssa Birenbaum, Courtney Clavers, Michalla Craw, Sarah Craw, Katie Crevier, Meghan Hildebrandt, Hunter Johnson, Kenzie Lambert, Marissa Leschke, Bob Pauly, Jessica Pipkin, Kortney Reissman, Abigail Rieth and Kimberly Voelker. In addition to Nelson, other staff/faculty members included Rachel Fischer and Alonzo Kelly.
Meanwhile, back in Manitowoc during the week of spring break, Erin LaBonte, an assistant professor in the art department, teamed up with several students at three city locations as part of Silver Lake Servant Leaders.
Reading to children in the afterschool program at the Neighborhood Network Learning Center were LaBonte, Jessica Martinez and Randy Gruenweller. Helping sort through donations at St. Vincent de Paul were Kryssa Luckow, Alex Herman, Elizabeth Fritsch and Martinez. And organizing donation rooms at the Hope House homeless center were Alexandra Grove, LaBonte, Martinez, Gruenweller, Luckow and Fritsch.