LaGrange College Students Take Service-Learning Trip to D.C.


More than 20 LaGrange College students and four adults traveled to Washington, D.C., over spring break for the college’s annual spring serving learning trip.

Dr. Marc Shook, Vice President for Student Engagement, said the event’s focus this year was service learning as well as civil rights.

“Spiritual Life has hosted a spring break service-learning trip for a number of years,” he said. “The college started a February Black History Month travel experience two years ago and we took students, faculty and staff to Selma for the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the Voting Rights Act. Last year, we went to the King Center in Atlanta.”

This year, they decided to combine the travel experiences.

The Rev. Adam Roberts, Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life, organized and led the trip.

The group visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, met with U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, attended two days of seminars at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, served at Food and Friends (Meals on Wheels for terminal, homebound patients), Brethren Nutrition Program (soup kitchen in the Capitol Hill area) and So Others Might Eat (a homelessness and food program).
Each night the students participated in dialogues about race and diversity.

“Our time at the General Board concluded with poet Kayeen Thomas,” Roberts said. “The students wrote and shared poetry or the spoken word about their experiences of race in their lives.”  

The travelers are already planning for the fall semester with the possibility of developing both a free-standing student organization dedicated to issues of racial equality and justice, as well as forming a new multicultural programming committee of the Student Government Association, Roberts said.