Jessie Riggs
  • Wellington, KS

Southwestern College Student Jessie Riggs of Wellington to do Service Learning in Hutchinson

2011 Dec 6

Twenty-Seven Leadership Southwestern students will embark on a service learning trip to Hutchinson Dec. 16-19. Jessie Riggs, of Wellington, is participating in the service learning event.

Leadership students will:

• Wrap gifts at New Beginnings. New Beginnings provides for men, women, and children who are displaced from their homes and offers affordable housing so that others will not have to experience homelessness.

• Work at the Boys and Girls Club of Hutchinson.

• Team up with members of the Park Place Christian Church to sing Christmas carols for shut-ins and have a retirement home Christmas party.

The First United Methodist Church of Hutchinson is hosting the Leadership students and will provide breakfast each morning.

"The Leadership service trip provides a unique opportunity for students to serve outside of the campus and Cowley County community," says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern. "While the Leadership team travels all over the United States and internationally, the Kansas trip is particularly near and dear to our hearts. It gives students a chance to serve fellow Kansans and helps us learn about other leadership and service initiatives across the state. The Kansas trip is a good reminder that you don't always have to go far to find new experiences and people in need."

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,800 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.