William Cookson recently started painting his house but could not finish. He got orders from his Army National Guard unit to be deployed to Kuwait and had to leave quickly. College students found out about William’s abrupt departure, and decided to do something amazing!
Instructors at their local technology college got word of William’s unfinished project. They wanted to arrange for a way to help. They gathered the college students who were eager to finish the job. 40 students came out to volunteer and they got to work! Even local businesses got in on the plan to make a change. They donated paint and equipment for the students to use.
It only took the students a few days to completely power-wash the outside of the house, clean the gutters and prepare the wood to be repainted. The students thought it to be an honor to help someone who willingly gives up their privileges to give others freedom.
“Not a lot of us college students got a lot of money, but we do have a lot of time”, Student Austin Workman said to KAKE. So, this is the easiest way and the most thoughtful way of giving back.”
Stephanie Johns-Hines, Vice President of Instruction at the technical college, is very adamant about helping her students prepare for life after school. She feels as though volunteer work does just that. Kudos to her on seeking out this kind of opportunity to help her students serve!
“We want them to have professional skills, soft skills, time management skills, but also to become contributing members of society in community engagement ways”, Stephanie says.
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