“Education should not be the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
-William Butler Yeats
One of the foundations of the Nobles mission statement is to foster in students a commitment to others. The Community Service Program requires all students to give of their time, talents and energy to help people in need. During Spring Break, four of the Nobles trips had service components that cultivated an awareness of human circumstance and established an increased understanding of pertinent issues in the world today.
In Romania students observed the impact that the dedicated caregivers of the Romania Children’s Relief Organization (www.rcr.org) are making to help better the lives of abandoned infants and children.
In South Africa, the NGO Grassroot Soccer (www.grassrootsoccer.org) works to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS through soccer-based health education activities. In addition to working with GRS, our students repaired local homes with Willing Workers in South Africa (www.wwisa.co.za/index.htm).
The travelers on the fifth post-Katrina New Orleans trip worked in a local community center , school and rebuilt homes with the St. Bernard Project. (http://www.stbernardproject.org) They made an environmental impact on coastal Louisiana’s wetlands by planting cypress trees with Bayou Rebirth (www.bayourebirth.org).
Inspired by Cambodian citizen activist, Mu Sochura, students worked with a local NGO (http://sites.google.com/site/solaidinternational/home) in the coastal village of Kampot.
Nobles travelers observed ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things in their communities, true leaders that have galvanized their ideas into reality for the public good.
Update - Outreach to Japan
Our hearts and minds are with the citizens of Japan dealing with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe. Student groups are planning activities to increase awareness of current events and developing long term ideas to support recovery efforts. The proceeds from the April 1st Techno Dance sponsored by the Student Life Committee will be donated to relief efforts. On Wednesday, April 6, the community is invited to “Gambare Japan” in Gleason Hall. The Asian Culture Club will have a food sale and participants will be asked to make paper cranes for peace and paint pebbles with words of hope and love. Please watch the Nobles webpage for information regarding ongoing outreach efforts.
Save the Date(s)
April 14 - Between Worlds: Paintings from the South Sudanese Refugee Community
Reception 4-6:30 p.m., Arts Center Lobby
April 14 - “More Than Just a Game,” 7-9 p.m., Towles Auditorium
Join us for an inspirational movie and conversation.
“Told through the stories of five former prisoners, “More Than Just a Game” portrays how political activists, unjustly imprisoned on the notorious Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other leaders were held, create the Makanda Football Association as a way to fight against the deprivation and the disempowering nature of prison life. A conversation with students who traveled to South Africa will follow and Offiong Bassey '03 will share some of her music. $10.00 suggested donation, with all proceeds supporting Grassroot Soccer, Kliptown Youth Program and Kuyasa Literacy Project
May 1-5 - Annual Tenacity Tennis Tournament, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Mixed Doubles Tournament to support the efforts of Tenacity Inc. (www.tenacity.org)
Tenacity works to provide a winning combination of literacy, life-skills, and tennis instruction that enables at risk youth to succeed.
Thank you for your continued support of the service program at Nobles.
-Linda Hurley and Louis Barassi