Class sponsors dance for disabled citizens on Valentine’s Day
To learn the importance of service and applied learning, Global Citizenship students at Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead put on a Valentine’s Day dance for ARC West Central Minnesota.
Arc provides advocacy, resources, and connections for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. ARC needed extensive support for its 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Dance, so Minnesota School of Business students volunteered to help.
“The lessons that I learned from this service-learning project are probably going to stay with me the rest of my life,” said student Heather Baum.
Twenty Minnesota School of Business students assisted with Arc’s event in all facets—planning, decorating, selling tickets, serving snacks and refreshments, and interacting with the participants. This experience helped shape students’ understanding of how to be socially responsible community members and increased their awareness of disabled citizens’ needs.
Some students weren’t sure what to expect, but after the event started, many jumped in and even danced with ARC members and their families. More than 200 people attended the dance and enjoyed a night out.
“We talked a lot about how beneficial it is to be a good citizen, but actually being a good citizen by volunteering at the ARC dance made everything we talked about worth it,” said student Justin Mittet. “I will spread the word to others to get involved because together we can make a difference in this world.”