By Enidza Torres
The Center for Community Engagement is known for doing lots of good in the Willimantic/Windham area. Eastern Connecticut State university students are lending helping hands and open hearts to the residents who open up their community to us during the school months. From working with children who are just starting their journey into knowledge and education, to adults filled with wisdom and life lessons, being involved in the Center for Community Engagement allows students to get real life experience hands-on. That is what “Liberal Education, Practically Applied” is all about.
Windham High School reminds me very much of my Alma Mater, New Britain High School, go Hurricanes! Both of these cities are home to State Universities who have welcomed high schools on tours of their beautiful campuses. The after-school program at Windham High School is one that many ECSU volunteers relate to. The students are having conversations and going through life the same way we all did not too long ago. You are able to reflect upon the person that you were when in high school, compare it to the person you are today and see the growth that has happened.
Running Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 2:45pm-5:00pm, the Windham High School After-School Program has Eastern volunteers assisting with homework, projects, essays, or studying, which students need to get done for the week. This is followed by fun enrichment activities like cooking, bake shop, a trip to the local recreation center for a game of basketball or a dip in the pool.
If this or any of the other great Center for Community Engagement programs interest you, please make sure to register by March 10, which is the last day for Spring registrations. Programs are filling up fast! A list of programs and times can be found on the CCE website, www.easternct.edu/cce, and registration is easy, just sign on to eweb and go to the Center for Community Engagement page.