Community Day took place on the most picturesque Autumn day that Chestnut Hill had seen in weeks. A bright sun brought with it a midday gathering of thirty individuals who were committed to the moment and to the spirit of community. After an introduction by the coordinator of youth leadership programs in the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility, Pine Manor College student Carla Castillo began her beautiful renditions of "Waiting on the World to Change" and "Man in the Mirror".
With this momentum in place, four poets from Professor Kathi Aguero's class read powerful poems of varying themes that they had either written or were the works of others. First-year students Tathiana Moise, Jasmin Johnson, Kate Holden, and Aponi Washington brought pieces of their own diversity to the community through their performances. Following their performances, the "Speak Out" statements on how individuals can help change the Pine Manor College community were read by a number of students and staff present. From recycling, to the cessation of smoking, Pine Manor College students expressed the ways they can help change the PMC community for the better.
With a rousing version of "We are the World" sang by all in attendance, the end of Community Day was filled with the hope for a day when all in the Pine Manor College community would truly come together as one. Perhaps Mother Nature will smile on us again in the Spring.
Thu, October 22, 2009
by Ronda Zelezny-Green, Coordinator of Youth Leadership Programs