Valentine’s Day was extra special this year for the Geneva Heroes who spent the day giving back to Geneva. Showing their love for community, the Geneva Heroes, which includes students from both the Colleges and Geneva City Schools, offered their assistance at the Geneva Free Library during its annual book sale, including helping with set up and organizing boxes.
Following their volunteer efforts, each Geneva Hero received a book of their choice as a “thank you” from the Geneva Free Library. At the end of the day, the group reconvened to share their reflections about their involvement.
“We were greeted by the library employees and volunteers who directed and guided us,” says Courtney Franceschi ’16, civic leader of Geneva Heroes. “Students exhibited great teamwork as they joined together to form assembly lines in order to move the heavy boxes efficiently.”
Franceschi says that after all of the boxes had been moved to their respective sections, the Geneva Heroes arranged the books so they would be easily accessible for the book sale customers.
Geneva Heroes is a service program bringing together HWS students with Geneva middle and high school students. This mentorship program is focused on team-building, leadership activities and service projects in the Geneva community.
“It’s exciting to see the different ages of participants in Geneva Heroes,” says Katie Flowers, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). “There are important lessons about the college search and application process that the HWS students share and there are invaluable insights about the vibrant Geneva community that middle and high school students share with HWS students.”
The Geneva Heroes volunteer throughout the community, from The Smith Center for the Arts in downtown Geneva to Seneca Lake State Park. The Geneva Heroes meet every Saturday to work on new projects. Their upcoming programs include volunteering at at the lakefront and the annual HWS Day of Service, which will be held on Saturday, April 11, the same day as Festival of Nations and Book Fest.