NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- More than 150 Bethel College students and faculty will participate in the annual Service Day April 13, mostly in the Newton and North Newton community. Classes are cancelled for the day to allow students to participate in volunteer work for various service organizations, community groups and charities.
Some of the locations include Health Ministries of Harvey County (clinic for the uninsured), the Newton Police Department, the Newton Etcetera Shop, Sunshine Academy, the Salvation Army, Mennonite Central Committee Central States office in North Newton, Caring Hands Humane Society, the Newton Parks Department and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Harvey County.
Several professors will be taking class groups to service locations. Julie Hart, associate professor of sociology, and six Global Peace and Justice majors will work at the homeless shelter at New Jerusalem Mission in Newton. Professor of Bible and religion Duane Friesen’s Religion and Human Identity class will be at Interfaith Ministries in Wichita. Ada Schmidt-Tieszen and Larry Friesen, professors of social work, will take a van-load of students to the Wichita Children’s Home.
The Bethel men’s soccer team will be doing clean-up on Sand Creek Trail, while members of the Bethel football team and men’s and women’s tennis teams will be working on campus at Goering Hall, formerly a residence hall and now part of the developing athletic complex. A dozen students will spend the day working at Camp Mennoscah near Murdock, while about 14 will be at the Harvey County Health Department.