This year’s EDM activities, held Saturday, Aug. 22, were limited to the C-SC campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers designed each activity for students to help other groups and organizations.
Jayden Pollice, a freshman business administration major from Lincoln, Ill., reads a book while another student captures it on video in front of the Carl Johann Library during the Everyone Doing More event on Saturday, Aug. 22, on the Culver-Stockton College campus.
CANTON, Mo. — This year’s Everyone Doing More event had a different look but still had the same message.
Culver-Stockton College annually begins the first week of school with its EDM event, which is in its 11th year. In years past, it gave students the opportunity to go into the Canton community to perform service projects. This year’s activities, held Saturday, Aug. 22, were limited to the C-SC campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers designed each activity for students to help other groups and organizations.
Among the activities were:
- Painting rocks for The Child Center, Inc., in Hannibal, Mo.
- Painting rocks and writing letters to kindergarten students in the Canton R-V School District.
- Labeling and packaging masks for the Canton R-V School District.
- Filling snack baskets and writing thank-you letters for first responders in Canton and on campus.
- Creating face masks out of fabric for a C-SC alum who has been donating face masks since the start of the pandemic.
- Recording videos of reading children’s books for the Canton Public Library.
- Making dog toys out of T-shirts for the Northeast Missouri Humane Society in Hannibal, Mo.
- Painting guard rails on campus.
- Making tie blankets for the North Central Missouri chapter of Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need.
- Creating education videos on mental health, responsible drinking and social responsibility.
First-year students, transfer students and Wildcat Welcome leaders participated in the EDM event and were supervised by C-SC faculty and staff. About 330 students took part.
“Overall, I really do think it went pretty well,” said Amanda Sorenson, chaplain at Culver-Stockton and coordinator of the event. “This was our first year doing it this way, and most of the groups had a good energy and got a lot done. A lot of the projects allowed for creativity and for them to have fun with it.
“Some projects will benefit the broader community, and we may continue to do some of them in future years. They were fun, they were engaging, and every student was busy.”
Sorenson also gave credit to Katie Conaway, a senior English education and theatre major from Steelville, Mo., who was taking an honors service learning course.
“She was my right hand during this process,” Sorenson said. “She did as much as I did.”
An album of photos from Saturday’s activities is on Culver-Stockton’s Flickr page.
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