Posts Tagged With: HESS

Christmas Cheer and Canned Peas

Christmas is fast approaching and WJU students are celebrating the season by giving their time in service to others. The HESS mentoring program concluded the semester with a holiday party featuring games, food, gifts, crafts and may have ended with some mentees being literally covered in wrapping paper. Similar good cheer was shared at the Catholic Neighborhood Center where the History Club, Computer Club and other WJU students took part in an event to sort 19,000 food donations to be distributed to 300 local families. One volunteer, Amy, described it as “seriously the best exam de-stressor ever.” We wish the best of luck to those taking finals this week and hope everyone enjoys the soon-to-come break!

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Halloween Fun with Service

Who says you can't have fun while serving?  Last week students and guests with special needs showed off their moves at the annual Disc Dance. The Auxiliary Gym was transformed into a Halloween-themed party with music, coloring and snacks.  The mentees of the HESS program also celebrated the season with Trick-Or-Treating in a residence hall and candy-filled games.  If that’s not enough, just yesterday WJU students visited the local Juvenile Detention Center for a holiday party with incarcerated youth. They played a series of races, including moving a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without hands, wrapping up a partner like a mummy with toilet paper and finally, eating a dangling doughnut on a string. These good times came from dedicated, fun-loving students looking to make a difference. Are you one of them?

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New Friendships Made at 2012 Special Olympics

As the semester comes to an end there are  not a lack of service opportunities for the students  of Wheeling Jesuit.  Last weekend we hosted the 2012  Special Olympics on a beautiful spring day.  There were many  causes of excitement during the activities with new friendships  being formed between the Olympians and student athletes.   The HESS and Prison Ministry programs both celebrated their semester conclusion with ice-cream parties.  HESS mentors and mentees watched a slide show reviewing the year, and the incarcerated youth of the Prison Ministry program made sundaes and played games of Catchphrase.  Although everyone will be missed over the summer, things will pick back up in the fall.  Athletes walk a lap with the torch to begin the 2012 Special Olympics

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“Off the Hook” HESS Fishing Trip

The Service for Social Action Center has been teaming with students for some incredible events this month.  Last weekend the HESS students went to Oglebay Park for an exciting fishing trip!  We also had our Super Sunday Dance where students made crafts, did face painting and danced with adults with special needs.  Thanks to everyone who helped at both events to make them so successful! We also partnered up with the Appalachian Institute to send a group of WJU students and employees to Logan County to help gut a house damaged by the recent flooding.  These dedicated volunteers took off an entire work/school day and drove a total of 8 hours to serve with others in need.  Now that’s dedication!  WJU students with mentees for the 2012 “Off the Hook” HESS Fishing Trip

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