Bloomington students volunteered their time on MLK day offering their services to the Indiana Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) and Glenn’s Toolshare, a division of the Center for Sustainable Living.
CIP students, staff, friends and family partnered with VIP to create tactile books for visually impaired preschool students in Indiana. Annie Hughes, a teacher of the visually impaired and Director of VIPS Indiana chapter, directed the activity and gave us a taste of some entertaining songs she uses with students she teaches. She also provided a sensory experience for our students by leading them through reading a tactile book while blindfolded. You can find more information about VIPS here.
Later that afternoon, CIP Career Coordinator Charles Culp and students Nathan, Cody, Parker, Joe, and Jon spent the rest of their MLK Day cleaning rusty tools to be sorted for the borrowing program at Glenn’s Toolshare, a division of the Center for Sustainable Living in Bloomington. This is a small but interesting space that boasts thousands of tools that the community can borrow for free. See their website for further information.
Overall, it was an amazing day that helped build perspective on what it means to be involved in the communities who support and lift us up. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of action, and through his inspiration, we at CIP took action and answered the call. It was a great day for our students as we worked together to embody the true meaning of service and community. Our characters grew as we utilized the time given to us to better our world. Our service was a civic duty that will spread far beyond a single day. We hope it inspires work within ourselves and with others throughout the year.