April 8, 2016 – Thursday was a special day at Bryan College. Classes were canceled and offices were closed so that a total of 540 students, faculty, and staff could participate in various service projects around the Dayton and Chattanooga communities. This yearly event is called All-College Service Day, and this year, while various service projects were carried out across the area, an extra special ministry was held right on the Bryan College campus.
The Luke 14 Fun Day on the Hill was designed to provide students with severe intellectual and physical disabilities who are unable to attend mainstream classes with a day full of fun and special attention. The Luke 14 event started bright and early Thursday morning with a 7am breakfast in the campus dining hall. Peter Mckechnie, from the Knoxville Area Joni and Friends organization, led a volunteer training program for 150 Bryan College student, faculty, and staff volunteers.
The students and teachers from the Rhea County Public Schools’ Comprehensive Developmental Class Program arrived to a welcome tunnel full of excited volunteers and each child was partnered with a Bryan student buddy for the day. The students and teachers were treated to a carnival filled with booths and prizes and outdoor games, while the parents enjoyed a time of relaxation and pampering held in the campus library. Everyone then came together in the college dining hall for a special lunch and entertainment provided by magician Mitch Gravitte with Marvel Ministries and balloon creations by Caleb Gravitte with the Red Balloon Company. The day wrapped up with a fun balloon brigade sendoff.
The Luke 14 Fun Day on the Hill was made possible by the numerous volunteers and generous donors and sponsors who provided funding and a wide variety of goods and services for the event. Bryan College would like to provide a special thanks to Volunteer Energy Cooperative, and the VECustomers Share Foundation, in addition to the City of Dayton Utilities and Project Hometown Help for the grants that helped make this event possible.
Additional off-campus service projects this year included working with students in the Rhea County School system, bathing pets and general cleaning at the Save My Tail Animal Rescue, reorganizing and cleaning at the Women’s Care Center, visiting the residents of Life Care Center, providing yard work and maintenance for various community members and organizations, and many more.
Written by Britney M. Wyatt, Director of Marketing, 423.775.7327, firstname.lastname@example.org