The very last thing that I want to do is get up out of my bed on a Saturday morning. I dread Monday through Friday, so when Saturday comes, I refuse to get up before I am ready. When people ask me to do things on early Saturday mornings, I will make up anything instead of actually doing whatever with them, but I am glad that I did not do that this time.
I participated in Collegetown Service Initiative, CSI, on April 10, which was a Saturday morning, and it was so much fun! The best part of the day was that it had ended up having a dual purpose. I had the opportunity to give back to the community of Spartanburg and talk about chiropractic all at the same time!
CSI is an annual community service event in the Spartanburg area that brings students from all of the local colleges together for a great service opportunity. We met at The Hanger in downtown Spartanburg at 9am and were divided up into groups by project of interest. I chose to work on a revitalization project for Chapman Park and it went really well. Our project was especially rewarding because not only were we bringing life to an older park, but also adding something to the park that would allow more interaction between parents and children.
Chapman Park is a medium-sized playground encircled by a cement sidewalk. It includes all of the normal things that you see at a park...swings, slide, jungle gym...but it did not really have anything else that was educational. This is where our volunteer project comes in. We built education stations that went along one side of the park. Each of these stations allowed parents to interact with their children while playing different games, singing songs, or talking about animals.
Once we arrived at the park, the real hard work had already been done for us. There were already 10 stakes planted in the ground, one for each education station we were to design. The project coordinator ordered a kit that included everything else we needed. From there, the work began!! People broke down into teams and we got the job done so fast, we had time left to spare before we had to be back for lunch.
My job was to paint letters on the sidewalk to coordinate with the station I was completing. Ok wait a minute...we all know that I have no business drawing stick figures, let alone painting something! Thank goodness for stencils because I would have had to request another job without them!
Everything turned out so nice after we finished! The park went from being dull and boring to very colorful and exciting! I am sure that more kids will be drawn to the area simply because of all of the lovely painting we did!
As I said early, the day was especially good because it included community work and chiropractic. Well, I was working with a group of local undergraduate students, and most of them had only been to a chiropractor once or had no idea what chiropractic really was. I had the opportunity to speak with a soccer player from Wofford University about getting under care with me. I also spoke with some students that were interested in learning more about what they needed to become a chiropractor.
All in all, the day was a total success!! I was definitely not looking forward to getting out of bed early, but I am so glad that I did!