Each month elementary students at West Street School in Geneva assemble to hear special guests who exemplify the characteristics the school has chosen as its “trait of the month.” On Feb. 3, HWS Director of Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) Katie Flowers and William Smith basketball standout and Geneva High School graduate Mia Morrison ’19 accepted the school’s invitation to speak about citizenship.
Flowers opened the talk by discussing how citizenship is important at every phase of education, from elementary school to college, while Morrison spoke about learning citizenship through her participation in West Street School’s Safety Patrol, Kool-Aid for Cancer fundraising with her family, and Geneva Boys and Girls Club basketball.
After group discussions about citizenship, Flowers passed out Girl Scout and Boy Scout fliers and reminded students about “PAWS behavior” and shared other examples of how they can practice citizenship. They also invited students to the William Smith Kids Sport Fest and reminded them of upcoming on-campus visits to HWS coordinated through Geneva 2020, scheduled for March 16 in partnership with Geneva Reads.
“Just like your PAWS program, which invites you to give back,” said Flowers, closing the talk, “Geneva 2020 is Hobart and William Smith’s way to give back to Geneva.”
At HWS, Flowers leads students and community partners in creating sustained, engaged relationships that promote positive community change and enhanced learning. Through her work to further the Colleges’ commitment to civic engagement, she oversees and works closely with many of the Colleges’ most successful and effective community programs, such as Geneva Heroes and the Summer of Service initiative. Flowers also played a key role in the designation of Geneva as a 2015 All-America City, representing the City of Geneva at the National Civic League competition in Denver, CO. She is an advisory board member for New York Campus Compact.
Morrison is a member of the William Smith basketball team and a student assistant in CCESL. She is the recipient of the Geneva Scholars Associates Award, the Stephanie Christine Award and the Dean James Henderson Award.