The Grand Canyon University Honors College sponsored an Honors College Community Service Day this fall in which approximately 80 honors students participated in serving our local community. The service day was put together by a group of honors students in order to provide their peers with the opportunity to serve. Grand Canyon University partnered and served at the Mountain Park Health Center Race, Arizona Taco Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Japanese Tea Garden, Phoenix Children’s Museum and The Veterans Directory. It was a great turnout and the students genuinely enjoyed the opportunity. The Honors College has received various emails and a handwritten note from these organizations expressing their gratitude to our university and students.
Denisse Delos Santos, a junior studying electrical engineering in the Honors College, was asked about her experience at the service day. She was appointed as the student leader for the Arizona Taco Festival. She was in charge of attendance and transportation and acted as the main point of contact throughout the event for GCU students.
Denisse expressed how much she enjoyed welcoming people to the festival and serving them. She collaborated with event staff by greeting, scanning, acting as event security and facilitating a taco booth. She also thought it was a cool experience to be able to interact with people from various backgrounds and personalities and expressed desire in serving there again. She said she enjoyed serving alongside fellow GCU honors students and how it was a great opportunity to get to know them better and spend time with individuals with the same mindset. Denisse summed up her experience by saying, “Being a student leader for the event was a blessing because I felt the trust that the Honors College has in me and that I’m able to portray the core values of the GCU Honors College.”
Sean Thomason, a junior studying biomedical engineering and an active member of the Honors College, served at Habitat for Humanity in Avondale. He interacted with fellow honors students and various volunteers while working on a house that is currently being built. Sean spent the majority of his time painting various rooms throughout the house. He thoroughly enjoyed his experience and thought that everybody on site was, “super motivating and dedicated to making the house to be of the utmost quality and committed to doing a great job.”
Overall, the Honors College is excited to have the opportunity to partner with various organizations in our community and is thankful to our students who served. We are excited and hopeful that this will become a reoccurring Honors event.
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