By Ms. Karrol-Lee Richards
In all my years being at Washington Adventist University (WAU), I have made it my priority to participate in each Service Day. Spring semester of 2013, I decided to not participate in Service Day which made me feel as though there was someone out there who was depending on me and I failed to help them. So, Wednesday, October 2, 2013, I made sure I was up and ready to do my part in Service Day although I tirelessly slept through my alarm. As a final year student at WAU, I made it my duty to participate in the “Takoma Park Emergency Food Pantry” activity along with a group of roughly 20-30 students.
Before arriving at the site, I had a mindset that told me, all there was to do at this site was pack a few bags and that would complete my day of service. Little did I know or think that there was more to the up keep of this program. Once the bus arrived at the site, we all exited the bus excited and ready to lend a hand to people in need. The director of the program came and greeted the group and told us what he needed assistance with. We were told he needed four groups, one group was to do data entry, the other group was needed for distributing flyers around Langley Park to inform people about the program, the next group was needed for making phone calls, and the last group was needed for packing bags.
I participated along with 15 other students packing bags. The majority of the bags that were packed contained a can of meat, a bag of pasta, a can of vegetables, a can of tomato sauce, and a can of fruit. After a while, people began to feel a certain way about the type of food that was being prepared for distribution. My response was, “be grateful for what you have. The people who receive this food are more than grateful for the meal they are receiving.”
Once I made that comment, I thought to myself, “Why do I complain about the food that is handed to me in the cafeteria on campus?” It was then I realized I learn a valuable lesson each time I participate in Service Day. This past Service Day I learnt to be thankful for what I have and for what I do not have. The director was grateful and elated for the work we completed. We packed over 500 bags, leaving absolutely no room to store them. My wish is that we have more than one Service Day a semester because it takes more than a day to help those in need.
Registration is closed for Camp "Explore Your World"!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Camp "Explore Your World" has been cancelled for the weeks of July 1 and July 8.
If you have any questions, please call 301-891-4462.
Camp Explore Your World, sponsored by the Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science departments, offers students ages 6 - 13 the opportunity to explore topics in biology, chemistry, physical science, math, and computer science in unique and exciting ways. The day camp runs from June 24 to July 12, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm at Washington Adventist University. For information on registration fees, please see below, and check back soon to see what exciting topics students will be investigating each week!
Registration for the full day is $300 per week, while registration for the half day is $180 per week (the registration fee includes the lab fee). Before- and after-care is available by special request, with at least 24 hours advance notice.
Registration discounts may also apply:
Multiple children enrolled = $25 discount per additional child enrolled
Employees of WAU, WAH, GC, G.E. Peters = 25% discount
Registration for all four weeks of camp = 10% discount
The schedule each week will be as follows:
|1pm-4pm:||Math||Computer Science||Math||Computer Science||Computer Science|
The weeks of June 24-28 and July 8-12, the students will be investigating intelligence. The week of July 1-5, the students will be investigating camouflage, vision, and detection.
This summer we're also looking for student volunteers (ages 15 and up) to assist us. If you're interested in earning community service hours while getting to do science experiments and learn about computers, please fill out the WAU volunteer form; please remember that if you're under 18 years-old, a parent or guardian must co-sign your volunteer form. Please send the completed the volunteer application, to Dr. Melinda Villanueva:
Mail: 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
The camp registration forms are available as pdfs which may be mailed or faxed; once payment is received, your spot is reserved.