News From Masters
The Community Service program is offering a trip to Jonestown, MS during the second week of spring break, March 20- 26, 2017. There are still some openings for students interested in participating in this annual service learning project in a rural, southern town.
The student volunteers will assist and live with with a group of dedicated nuns and residents who have been working in Jonestown for many years to improve education and social programs, as well as the general quality of life. Volunteers will live communally with Sister Kay, sharing in the cooking and cleaning responsibilities.
Students who are interested in participating in the spring 2017 Jonestown trip should contact Community Service Director Amy Atlee by November 29. Those who are interested in participating in the trip during the 2017-18 school year can also express their interest at this time.
Jonestown has been designated as one of the poorest towns in one of the poorest states, and although some improvements have been made, there is still work to be done, Ms. Atlee says. Many residents were formerly employed in seasonal agricultural jobs -- mostly cotton picking -- and have been replaced by machines and fallen into the cycle of poverty, she adds.