CANTON, Missouri — Johnny Tuller of Williamsport, Ohio, was among the more than 350 Culver-Stockton students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members who spent Saturday, Aug. 22 volunteering for the 11th annual Everyone Doing More event.
In years past, EDM gave students the opportunity to go into the Canton community to perform service projects. This year's activities were limited to the C-SC campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers designed each activity for students to help other groups and organizations.
Among the activities were:
• Painting rocks for The Child Center, Inc., in Hannibal, Missouri.
• Painting rocks and writing letters to kindergarten students in the Canton R-V School District.
• Labeling and packaging masks for the Canton R-V School District.
• Filling snack baskets and writing thank-you letters for first responders in Canton and on campus.
• Creating face masks out of fabric for a C-SC alum who has been donating face masks since the start of the pandemic.
• Recording videos of reading children's books for the Canton Public Library.
• Making dog toys out of T-shirts for the Northeast Missouri Humane Society in Hannibal, Mo.
• Painting guard rails on campus.
• Making tie blankets for the North Central Missouri chapter of Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need.
• Creating education videos on mental health, responsible drinking and social responsibility.
• First-year students, transfer students and Wildcat Welcome leaders participated in EDM and were supervised by C-SC faculty and staff.
"Overall, I really think it went pretty well," said Amanda Sorenson, chaplain at Culver-Stockton and coordinator of the event. "This was our first year doing it this way, and most of the groups had a good energy and got a lot done. A lot of the projects allowed for creativity and for them to have fun with it.
"Some projects will benefit the broader community, and we may continue to do some of them in future years. They were fun, they were engaging, and every student was busy."
Tuller was one of more than 250 freshmen who participated in the event.
Culver-Stockton is the premier experiential learning college in the Midwest, and service learning is one of many ways it implements experiential learning into the curriculum and 12-week/3-week academic calendar. C-SC requires new incoming students to participate in Everyone Doing More as a part of the First-Year Experience course, although all students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to volunteer.
Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Missouri, is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12+3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into a 12-week term and a 3-week term.
C-SC is a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.