UB Students Lend a Hand: November Saturday Academy Highlights

December 16, 2014

In the spirit of holiday giving, Upward Bound hosted a community-service themed Saturday Academy in November, which included a service project development workshop and hands-on service opportunity for students.  The event, a partnership between Upward Bound and University of Iowa Military and Veteran Student Services, focused on the positive impact of service on volunteers and the community alike.

Students began the day with a rousing presentation from current National Guard member and UI senior Tim Davis about how to develop successful community service projects. Tim shared insights gained from leading his own community service initiative “5000 Pound Food Drive: Become Heroes with the Hawkeye Veterans”, which he developed after learning that the local food bank desperately needed food and household item donations in order to provide for local families.

Tim then facilitated a workshop where students brainstormed what needs exist in their own communities and created proposals for service projects to implement this spring.

After lunch, Allen Roberts, Military and Veteran Student Services coordinator at the University of Iowa, spoke to students about the special symbolic importance of the American flag to US veterans and prepped students for the day’s culminating activity: placing in formation thousands of miniature American flags on the west lawn of the UI Pentacrest in preparation for the annual UI Veteran's Day celebration. This is the second year that Upward Bound students have assisted in placing flags for the event.

After helping place nearly 6,000 flags, students left the November Saturday Academy feeling tired from a long day’s work and inspired to implement projects that would positively impact their communities.

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