On Saturday, April 20th 2013 several Stetson students, staff and alumni gathered together to commemorate our late former President, Dr. H. Douglas Lee, by serving at seven different sites in the community as part of the “Doug Lee Day of Service”. These sites included Woodward Avenue Elementary School, the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament, Border Collie Rescue, Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels Walk, the Gillespie Museum’s Earth Day Fair, Hatter Harvest Garden’s workday, and the Chisholm Community Center. Over 60 students volunteered to help with the different service sites that were offered, amounting to over 250 hours of volunteer impact in our community!
At several of the sites, our volunteers had the opportunity to work directly with community members. A great example was the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels Walk, which took place at Bill Dreggors Park here in DeLand. The Mayor attended the event, gave the opening speech and led the walk. Volunteers were able to meet many of the Council on Aging employees as well as the individuals who receive assistance from the organization. Another example was Gillespie Museum’s Earth Day Fair, where 150 students and community members worked together on environmentally-focused projects. The students came from organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Students Advocating Sustainability at Stetson (SASS), Stetson Cycles and Hatter Harvest, and projects included natural tie-dying, making lady bug houses, making smoothies with Stetson Cycles’ Smoothie Bike, natural stone beading, a recycled art competition, a birdhouse building competition, and prescription drug collection. These were only a few of the many engaging and exciting events going on during Doug Lee Day of Service!
It was heartening to see so many Hatters coming out to honor Dr. Lee and our shared commitment to community engagement by working with our community partners – especially on a weekend with a multitude of events to choose from, including Senior Week and Hatterpalooza. It is safe to say that Dr. Lee would have been proud of how our Hatters commemorated the day of service designated in his honor.
If you would like to see any pictures from the day here is the link to our Facebook page and Doug Lee Day of Service photo album: