For four days in November, Lock Haven University senior, Samantha Eisenhart, provided a way for members of the LHU community to thank local veterans. This is the third year Eisenhart, a community/commercial recreation management major from Sunbury, has facilitated this service project in honor of Veterans Day.
Under the auspices of the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at LHU, each fall since 2016, she has recruited student volunteers to assist her in gathering signed cards for veterans in long-term care.
Eisenhart and fellow TRIO SSS members manned a table outside Bentley Dining Hall, providing blank cards as well as suggestions for messages contributors could write. For two days, the students were outside NanoBites Cafe on East Campus and passersby were invited to stop and reflect on the significance of veterans’ service and then sign a card for them. Some chose simple messages of thanks, and some chose more personal expressions of support and fellowship. Altogether, Eisenhart and her colleagues collected more than 200 signed cards to send to veterans.
Eisenhart has been an active volunteer both on campus and in the larger community during her time at LHU. Through Zeta Tau Alpha, she has been involved in canning for breast cancer awareness and education, highway cleanups and Relay For Life. In both Lock Haven and her hometown of Sunbury, she has volunteered with the Salvation Army, helping with kettle, soup kitchen and thrift store activities. Last summer, she served as director of the Salvation Army Day Camp in Sunbury, following several years of experience as a camp counselor. Since the fall of 2016, she has been a dedicated peer mentor in the TRIO SSS Scholars Program.
TRIO SSS serves 240 students at LHU, providing academic, financial, professional and social support. Community service opportunities are built into the program each year. The goals of the TRIO SSS are to boost students’ grade point averages and rates of remaining in college until graduation.
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