Four days: As we countdown to Easter Sunday, we are talking some time to really live through our senses. Let’s reflect, celebrate and love life (before, during and after the peeps and mini-eggs).
By Ralph White, Ursuline College Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
When I came to Ursuline to coach cross country and track and field in 2012, I saw a small school with a close-knit community who cares about helping each and every student. I also saw a community that cares about helping those less fortunate through prayer and service. My son has long been an advocate and activist for clean water and sanitation initiatives in Africa, and I saw an opportunity to help this worthy cause, get the name of Ursuline College out, engage the community, and benefit the health and wellness of our own community through a fundraising race. This idea became Ursuline’s annual Walk for Water, and from that idea the Arrows Walking Club was launched.
Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is an annual, worldwide event in support of environmental protection. Approximately 20 million people across the United States celebrated the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Today, more than 1 billion people around the world take part in the event.
In honor of this green initiative, the Sustainability Committee at Ursuline College has planned events throughout the month of April. The activities were created to bring environmental awareness and education to the Campus community.
Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 1 more day ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!
Kermit the Frog’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” explores the complexity of living the life the same color of the leaves. However, during the song he realizes that green is the color to be. He ends the tune with: “I am green, and it’ll do fine. It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.” This spring, you can be green too – well, at least your thumb can be! With one day (yes, one day) left till the official start of spring, we are talking gardens.
by Rhianna McChesney, Education & English Student
In today’s words of Mr. Wells Sikala, HELP’s Country Director, “Lose nothing, gain more.”
Wells spoke these little words of wisdom after he honked our truck’s horn to alert anyone who might have been walking around a particularly sharp bend in the long, narrow, maize-lined, bumpy and winding dirt road on our way to Mlambe Junior Primary School. Wells lost nothing by honking his horn like a mad man when the gain meant potentially saving someone’s life. Something about Malawi makes it easy to adopt this kind of optimistic mindset.
At Mlambe, one of Nanthomba’s local sister schools, we distributed more drawstring bags and water bottles from IFAW. Before passing out the gifts, everyone exchanged introductions with the area chiefs. It was an honor to meet the people who lead the community here. When it was time to leave, the students crowded around us. Touching their hands outreached in gratitude as we inched our way to the trucks made my heart swell with the joy of everything I have gained so far from this trip. Lose nothing, gain more.
by Maggie Stark, Art Student
Day three of sewing!
Today started fabulously with our first African Safari! Guess who saw elephants? Oh yes, this girl! Along with two families of elephants, we saw kudu (like African deer), baboons, wort hogs (yes, Pumba!), water buck, impala, vervet monkeys and a buffalo. It is the rainy season here, which means the foliage is super lush. It was quite the treat to see all that we did.
After the wild safari, we took our tin boat across the Shire river to the trucks located within the park. We all piled in the Land Cruzer heading toward Nanthomba Primary School for our after school sewing session. We passed by students on the road, and they started to sprint in excitement after us.