More than 250 first-year MBA students helped out at a school and three Boys & Girls clubs in the surrounding community as part of a day of service during their orientation.
The students, all starting the full-time program at the McDonough School of Business, hopped on buses Aug. 13 as part of their introduction to the university’s Jesuit tradition of “men and women for others.”
At an elementary school in the District of Columbia, student volunteers helped set up classrooms, cleaned up the playground, painted and gardened. Jon van der Veen of Seattle, Wash., split his time working outside to make the property safe and clean and helping a teacher organize her classroom. “Active focus on service to others is a great way to prevent our studies from becoming detached from the world into which we will enter at the conclusion of our program.” van der Veen said.
MBA students also volunteered at three Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. At a club in Alexandria, Va., they helped run an “Olympics Day” for children that included art, games and dance. “The more I learn about the university’s heritage, its history of openness to all belief systems, and its commitment to serving something larger than itself, the prouder I am to be a part of this community,” said Caryn Bonner of Arlington, Va.
Second-year MBA students also had a community service event. As part of their Leadership Residency, those students participated in an Aug. 25 Build-A-Bike workshop, which resulted in new bicycles for 36 children from a branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
-- Teresa Mannix
(View original story -- August 31, 2010)