Dearborn students help with raking

By Amanda Cox

There are many ways for students to be involved on campus Marquette, but there are also numerous ways for students to be active in the community.

This year, NMU students volunteering on Make a Difference Day will be joined by University of Michigan-Dearborn students.

These students are a part of the Student Service Exchange, which is a program that allows groups of students from both NMU and U of M-Dearborn to travel to each others campuses and participate in volunteer services.

In November, NMU students will be traveling to Dearborn, Mich. to take part in a program called the Greening of Detroit.

The student service exchange is only in its second year.

Last year Northern only partnered with Dearborn, but other universities have started programs similar to this.

In the winter semester, NMU will also be hosting Service Exchange students from Hope College for the U.P. 200 sled dog races.

Make a Difference Day is a day dedicated to community service. Students who participate will spend a Saturday raking leaves around Marquette for those who are unable to do it themselves.

The Student Service Exchange provides an opportunity for NMU students to travel to Dearborn to participate in volunteer opportunities with University of Michigan students.

Carissa McDonald, a freshman pre-architect major, is one of many students who will be up early Saturday morning to help rake leaves.

“It just seems like a good way to pitch in,” McDonald said. “I am excited to see how it will affect the people that we are helping. I can’t wait to see their faces.”

Make a Difference Day starts at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22 at the University Center. There will is also a free breakfast at the Den after the students register.

Although it is a nationwide event, Make a Difference Day has a special meaning in Marquette.

Each year, students from NMU volunteer their time. With more than 1,200 student volunteers last year, it is the biggest event the NMU Volunteer Center organizes.

“It kind of reflects on the university when you see events like this happening,” Nikolas Krawczyk, a Volunteer Center coordinator said. “There are good kids here.”

Coordinators Hannah Kratz, Nikolas Krawczyk and Lydia Stuef begin planning the day about a year in advance.

Krawczyk said their goal is to make it bigger each year. This year, there have been requests for aid not only from Marquette, but also from Negaunee, Ishpeming, Harvey and Gwinn.

“We’re really excited for it this year. It’s going to be huge,” Krawczyk said.

Many students who participate in Make a Difference Day do so with student organizations, but a student doesn’t have to be part of a club on order to participate.

Many of the houses in the on campus resident halls also organize groups their own groups.

“The day becomes a team effort and builds unity within the houses,” senior Sabrina Wheeler said. “Everyone just gets to know one another better, it’s a bonding experience.”

As the resident adviser of Sleepy Hollow House, she not only sees the way that Make a Difference Day provides a service for the community but how it benefits students, as individuals and as a group.

“My favorite part knows I’ve done something good for someone,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said she knows that it can be hard to get students interested in giving up their Saturday, but for those who are dedicated, it is a rewarding experience.

Wheeler said she appreciates students for their hard work and they learn that is possible to have fun while doing something good for someone else.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Center at (906) 227-2466.