Students who enjoy helping those in need will value this hands-on introduction to service organization in the Knox County community.
In previous years, the program has visited Habitat for Humanity, Equine Assisted Therapy, and the Knox County Humane Society as students have harvested a community garden, prepared food for Hot Meals, and performed landscaping and trail maintenance. Each morning, students will travel with members of their group to various service sites to participate in volunteer activities. Afternoons and evenings will be divided between visiting additional service sites and participating in group activities. Past group events have included canoeing, tubing, bonfires, Kenyon ghost stories, and visits to local farms.
From the program's inception, the goals of the Pre-Orientation Service program have remained the same: to allow first-year students to meet like minded friends, to get to know the campus and the Knox County community, to learn about community service opportunities available in the area, and, most importantly, to engage in thoughtful dialogue and reflection about participating in service.
"The entire experience, from the group of people I was with to the service projects, was just the most fantastic beginning to Kenyon possible."
- Remarks from previous Pre-Orientation Service Program participants