By Kaylee Lewis, Bloomington Career Coordinator
For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our students had the opportunity to volunteer with Pages to Prisoners at Boxcar Books. The Pages to Prisoners Project is an organization made up of volunteers who provide free books to prisoners. Their goal is to aid in the rehabilitation process and stimulate critical thinking skills behind bars.
CIP Student Eugene Jeng described the project, “I read letters from the prisoners with their interests, and then I wrote letters back. I put books in packages with the letters and sent them to the prisoners.” When asked if he enjoyed his experience he said, “It was fun, because I’m into books—I’m the kind of guy who loves reading. I’m good at this stuff, looking at books and researching.”
CIP students are required to volunteer at least 10 hours per semester, and activities are arranged throughout the semester for the students to give back to their communities and gain job experience.