On Monday, April 23rd, students from Maureen Kiefer’s Freshman Seminar class at Sackett Educational Center visited Evergreen Commons Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. The field trip was the culmination of two service learning projects coordinated by Ms. Kiefer and Transition Coordinator Sally Lauletta. Students accrued work-based learning hours for their participation in the projects. These hours will count toward the requirement for the Career and Occupational Studies (CDOS) credential.
For Evergreen Commons, the students created more than 25 floral arrangements to be distributed throughout the facility. The students also delivered handmade greeting cards to residents. Fran Albright gave students an overview of the facility and described the work of the Activities Department. She introduced several of the residents to the students and staff. Students asked questions about volunteering and came away with a better understanding of how the nursing home staff and programs affect the residents’ quality of life. After spending time in the facility, students were pleased to know their flower arrangements would be a source of joy for the residents and staff.
For the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, students created over a dozen dog and cat beds. Some of the students hand-stitched the beds while others used a sewing machine. Adam Leibath gave the students a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility. Along with questions about the building and the animals’ living quarters, the students asked about animal care, adoption of pets, donations, and volunteering.