Soul Food

Melody Lipford, Columnist • mrlipford15@ehc.edu

Last Friday, Emory and Henry was the provider for a River’s Way day respite program. The day consisted of a variety of activities ranging from a volleyball tournament, an impromptu dance party, Valentine-inspired crafts, theatre games, and concluded with attending the girl’s basketball game against Randolph Macon College. Last Friday, Emory and Henry was the provider for a River’s Way day respite program. The day consisted of a variety of activities ranging from a volleyball tournament, an impromptu dance party, Valentine-inspired crafts, theatre games, and concluded with attending the girl’s basketball game against Randolph Macon College.

Overall, campers seemed to be involved and enjoyed the day’s activities. Many Emory and Henry students volunteered and helped to make the day program a success.

The integration of students and campers is a vital component of the River’s Way goal, which is to incorporate people of all abilities to create community and to dispel assumptions about people who are different than you and to instead emphasize inclusion and acceptance.

Beyond that, River’s Way creates a fun environment and atmosphere to build friendships with people you may not have before. The program teaches you to have fun and, at the same time, to help those around you with care and compassion. In addition, it teaches you to have patience for those who are not as fast as you and to listen closer to those who communicate differently. The program teaches you that we are “more alike, than unalike” as the great Maya Angelou said. All in all, working with River’s Way has been one of my favorite service sites since my freshman year at Emory and Henry. It has never failed to be a meaningful and memorable experience. Every time, I leave learning something more about the campers, the program, and myself.

It has made me realized the importance of the inclusion of all abilities, especially in the society which we live in today. If anyone is interested in volunteering at River’s Way, the next on-campus program will be held on March 3. Feel free to come and bring a friend. It’s a great way to serve your community as well as have fun and meet new people.

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