I was lucky enough to participate in Fontbonne Day for my 3rd time this past April. Fontbonne Day is the one day a year that the entire Fontbonne community gets together and participates in a day of service. I was fortunate enough to spend my Fontbonne Day with the Fontbonne Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. We went to a church and worked to better their garden for the summer. It was a humbling experience to see how grateful all of the people were that we came to work.
I was so excited to get to commit my day to service with some of my closest friends. We worked on the garden all day, ate lunch, and went right back to work. Participating in Fontbonne Day is something I encourage all students on our campus to do because it truly is a life changing experience.
Fontbonne Day was last Friday. It occurs one day a year when all of Fontbonne breaks up into groups and goes into various locations to do volunteer work. In the past I did not have a group to go with. This year however, I got inducted into ODK. It is the national honor society for students who are in the top third in their class. Anyway, I got the chance to go with this group this year. Our group when to a local First Baptist Church to do gardening. Me and my friends took out weeds and placed mulch in the garden. Some other people painted the shed. We were rewarded with a delicious lunch afterwards! We had hot dogs, chips, and various desserts. At the end, there was fried chicken! I am glad I participated in this experience!
As you all know, last week we had our annual Fontbonne Day, a day where campus shuts down and faculty, students, and staff go out into the community and serve. This year I had the opportunity to go out to Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) in Wildwood, Missouri with Fontbonne’s Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. EAT provides equine, or horse, therapy to people with developmental and/or physical disabilities. EAT has many horses, a few donkeys, and even some cats running around. Our main job for the day was to help clean, which included not only helping to clean and organize the buildings and property, but also the horses! Since it is finally starting to warm up, it was important to give the horses baths after a long winter. Cleaning a horse is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but they were all so sweet and gentle, so that made it easier! Once we cleaned the horses we gave them “manicures” or painted their hoofs with a protective coat to help protect them from the weather and land. This was definitely a new and unique experience for me, and I am so happy that I got to experience EAT and meet all the wonderful horses during my time volunteering! What did you do for Fontbonne Day?
Here’s me and Cassie, another dietetics student, and Chewy, one of the horses we bathed!
Have a great week griffins!