The students and staff of the Colleges who volunteered their time during Alternative Spring Break at the Mariam Boyd Elementary School in North Carolina were recently featured in the school district’s newsletter, “The Discourse.”
The article notes, “Canecca Davis, principal of Mariam Boyd said for years the school has opened its doors to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges students and each year they have touched the lives of students in Warren County.”
The full article follows.
Students from Hobart and William Smith College traveled from Geneva, N.Y. to Mariam Boyd Elementary School during their spring break
Spring break for most college students is a time for relaxation from demanding courses and hectic schedules. However, students from Hobart and William Smith College of Geneva, N.Y. used their spring break to drive 11 hours in order to assist students and teachers in the classrooms at Mariam Boyd Elementary School.
Throughout the week of March 14-18, Carolyn Pluchino , Lauren Brown , Liz Szwejbka, Kelsey Lagana , Anita Cheung , Helissa Webster, Lynn Kim, Emily Miller, Kelly Halkyard, Jason Braverman and Kim Webster offered one-on-one tutoring for students and interacted with the staff.
Professor at Hobart and William Smith College Dr. Khuram Husain traveled for the first time with the college students and commented on the positive impact Warren County Schools has made on his students.
“It means so much to my students to be able to engage with the kids here,” Husain said. “They are learning a great deal from this and I believe they have learned more this week than my other undergraduates learn in a semester.”
“Before we come to Warrenton, we do a six weeks half credit course,” Husain added. “Every day when my students finish at Mariam Boyd we go back to the United Methodist Church in Norlina, where we stay for the week, and hold workshops and discussions on general education, education policy, rural education and the role of teachers.”
Returning to Mariam Boyd for the fifth year in a row, Hobart and William Smith College graduate student Carolyn Pluchino said the reason she continues to come back is due to the high level of enthusiasm the students display at Mariam Boyd.
“Every teacher that I have worked with here has always been phenomenal,” Pluchino said. “For
me that is why I got into education so that I could work with other teachers. But the students here as well as Mrs. Davis are all great and are very welcoming.”
Canecca Davis, principal of Mariam Boyd said for years the school has opened its doors to the Hobart and William Smith College students and each year they have touched the lives of students in Warren County. Davis added due to the efforts of retired principal of Warren County Schools Danylu Hundley, the bond between the college students and Mariam Boyd will remain strong and eager to encounter other visits for years to come.