Hello everyone! I am happy to announce that change is all around us - through this beautiful weather and our national service work. First, this beautiful weather; there is just something about the smell of fresh cut grass and blooming flowers that make me feel alive again, after too long of a winter. I contribute my extra joyfulness to this season, as I have a skip in my step.
As VISTAs, we find ourselves in a new season, too. We are wrapping up all our end of the year projects and planning. My calendar is telling me, I have more time; however, I have been a bit anxious about completing my service year with a bang. I know the other VISTAs with The LEAGUE Michigan can relate to how rapidly the school year is closing. I will share with you one of the most recent projects I did with a Consumers Science class at an alternative high school I have been working with all year.
On Friday May 22, 2015, an old 1968 Chevy dump truck sat retired from service along Michigan Ave., not attracting too much attention. Until an artist and a class took hold of it! Today, you can't help but notice this beautiful work of art! Students from Calhoun Community High School along with their Consumers Science teacher, Mrs. Lisa Ryan, met a local artist (Kimber Thompson of the Changling Lab) at the sight early Friday morning to transform the old dump truck into beauty for the public to enjoy. I collaborated with Brett A. Myers, Executive Director of Leila Arboretum on this project. The students from this Consumers Science class were looking for an art or landscaping project to express their artistic abilities and Brett had the perfect project in mind. The old truck needed an artistic paint job and some landscaping work to be done around it. That’s exactly what the old Chevy got! So, if you’re in Battle Creek driving down Michigan Ave., take a sweet look at the old truck painted for your enjoyment! Also seen in the picture is Kelly’s 3 year old daughter Clover Joy.
Lastly, I feel a pull to figure out what to do next, I have an idea and I know in time it will all come together as I stay in the nonprofit world. It seems a bit sad to move on from here as I have and (I am sure many of you) have built so many relationships that you cherish. My conclusion is… change is good, as it keeps us growing. I will always cherish this year of service as I see it as a stepping stone to greater service. I am not saying good bye yet though, we still have some great things to accomplish - Fisher training perpetrations and youth camp!
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!