Almost two years ago, during my my first month as a freshman, I was asked to write a first-hand account about Humanics in Action Day, a tradition that has now been going on for 17 years at Springfield College.
Every year I have participated I have felt the same excitement as that first time that I stepped onto Blake Track. Sure, some things have changed, such as our new President, but the scene remains familiar. Students fill the sidewalks, lining up to enter the track, starting around 8:30 a.m. Masses of students have their I.D. scanned, and continue forward to get their infamous “Humanics in Action Day” t-shirts.
Many students kid that they participate just to get the shirt, but as a college, we all know that it is to follow the philosophy of “the education of the whole person—in spirit, mind, and body—for leadership in service to humanity.”
At this year’s event, there were more than 100 service sites around the great community of Springfield, with over 2,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni participating. Projects such as educational programs at local schools, painting, clean-up and landscaping took place throughout the city.
When the event got underway, speakers included President Cooper and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.
According to the school website, “Springfield College students contribute more than 150,000 hours of service to programs in schools, neighborhood organizations, and city programs.”
It is a day that shows our character—even if it is just one day of giving back to the community.
In that first article a couple of years ago I wrote, “I saw how happy everyone was, hopefully because they had just done something that made them feel the same way I did.”
In that sense, nothing has changed. It is still a day that fills me with joy.