This semester, EC Serve has hit the ground running creating opportunities for students to serve at the local, regional, national, and international level.
Several EC Athletics teams have gotten into the action, serving alongside local non-profit organizations like iServe and the Rainbow Food Pantry, but the Lady Lions Lacrosse team went a different route when they chose to volunteer with the Connections for Special Parents of Royston.
This group was formed to support and connect caregivers raising children with special needs. Their main goal is to offer opportunities that give children with special needs a chance to experience greater inclusion at school and in the community while offering resources to caregivers to help each child reach his/her full potential.
In their time together, the Lady Lions played games like football and basketball with the students and enjoyed a meal together.
For one Lady Lion, this experience was one she’ll always remember.
“I chose to participate in this EC Serve experience because I thought it would help me find ways to interact with students with special needs,” said junior, Megan Williams. “My nephew has autism and is non-verbal, so I thought this experience would show me what activities would excite him and get him involved.”
Megan’s favorite part of the experience was watching the students open up and be themselves.
“Spending time with these students and serving our local community impacted me by opening up my eyes to what happiness I can bring to others.”
From this experience, freshman, Madison Bruce learned how fun it is to serve.
“This experience made me realize that I can make an impact on someone’s life just by talking to them, playing sports with them, and cheering them on.”
Why should other EC students get involved with EC Serve?
“It’s fun getting to meet new people and make connections,” said Madison. “Also, seeing the impact you have on them and how happy you being there makes them, and their parents, brought me joy, too.”
To learn more about Connections for Special Parents, click the link below!