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Olivet College students spend weekend serving with Morgan-Scott Project
Nov 02, 2011

Five Olivet College students and two staff members traveled to Deer Lodge, Tenn., Oct. 21-23 to spend a weekend serving people in need. The students worked with the Morgan-Scott Project, an organization that provides a common cooperative base for churches, agencies and individuals to identify the problems of and provide solutions for people in peril in Morgan and Scott counties of Tennessee.

The students were divided into two groups: Ginger Major, a junior from Olivet, and Chelsea Sutherland, a freshman from Ceresco, were led by Rev. Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries at Olivet; while Victoria Curenton, a junior from Detroit, Rafael Figueroa, a junior from Olivet, and LaShawna Ross, a freshman from Albion, were led by Jean Paul Cortes, the college’s community service coordinator.

Fales’ group remained at the organization, where they constructed a storage building with enough space to house materials for the different community projects done in the two counties.

Cortes’ group drove to a neighboring county, where they helped build a roof onto the porch of an elderly couple’s home. Prior to the addition of the roof, weather conditions had frequently made the porch unusable for the couple, who suffer from medical ailments.

After completing the projects, the students were invited to Shady Grove Baptist Church for a fall gathering that included hay rides, handing out candy to children and a cake walk.

This was the second monthly service trip organized by the college for the 2011-12 academic year. For more information on any of the college’s service programs, contact Fales at (269) 749-7624 or mfales@olivetcollege.edu.


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