MHC Sponsors Second*Saturday Program

Posted: September 12, 2006

Updated: September 19, 2006, View the Photo Gallery

Elise Wong
Elise Wong '08 at the Old Firehouse Museum in South Hadley. (photo by Fred LeBlanc)

On Saturday, September 16, more than 400 new students at Mount Holyoke will explore the Pioneer Valley by participating in Second*Saturday, an annual daylong program that includes a wide variety of recreational activities and community-service projects led by upper-class students, faculty, staff, and alumnae.

Launched six years ago as part of the College's new-student orientation, Second*Saturday, named for the weekend it takes place, introduces students to some of the rich resources in the community. Second*Saturday is "a unique opportunity for first-year students to connect with the amazing service opportunities that exist within and beyond the MHC gates," said Liz Braun, associate dean of the College and dean of students.

Making quilts for HIV/AIDS newborns in Ashfield; touring the Dickinson homesteads (the neighboring houses of Emily and her brother, Austin) in Amherst; repairing the MHC Outing Club's cabin; helping the Children's Museum in Holyoke prepare for its grand opening; and harvesting fall crops at the Food Bank Farm in Hadley, are just a few of the 29 activities in which new students can participate. A new project this year is working with the local Cub Scout Pack 303. Students will help these scouts earn their karate and sports badges.

Incoming students have embraced the yearly event with enthusiasm. "I just wanted to thank you for giving me the chance to participate in Second*Saturday," said Bidita Jawher Tithi '07. "Not only did I have an amazing time but I found an ideal project for doing community service. I would like to do more voluntary work in the Children's Museum in the future."

For more information on Second*Saturday, please contact Elisa Del Valle, assistant director of residential life.

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