Cait Fitzgerald & Ashlyn Curley – 1851 Staff
Lasell’s Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) launched a new program this year called “Food for Thought,” which meets every Tuesday during common hours in Klingbeil House.
The program, facilitated by Amy Greene, focuses on discussion topics for students to talk about civility and leadership.
“Every week has been completely different so far, which is kind of fun,” said Greene. “The first week we just had a conversation, last week we talked a little about the election, and this week we had a speaker. So you never know…I’m committed to sitting at this table every Tuesday.”
Students are encouraged and welcomed to discuss personal issues, as Food for Thought provides a safe environment.
“My idea was to have a place for people to discuss what they’re involved in,” Greene said.
She also has hopes that it will eventually become “a counseling circle of sorts,” where students can discuss personal problems in a safe environment.
“It’s a good environment to be around, it’s positive,” said sophomore Tayan Gill-Letourneau.
Not only does the program provide a safe environment for students to discuss personal topics, but it also allows students with community service obligations to learn of different events they can take part in to fulfill their hours. Along with Food for Thought, the CCBL has an involvement with the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, a monthly Friday Night Supper program at the downtown Arlington church, and projects such as putting together care packages to send to soldiers currently serving in the Middle East.
The third meeting involved Caitlin McGarry, a speaker from The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. McGarry, the national campaign coordinator for Boston walks, came to get students involved in Boston’s Light the Night Walk on October 11, in which supporters walk around the Boston Common to raise money towards cancer research.
“The Boston walk is the biggest out of our five walks…It’s a pretty moving experience,” said McGarry, as last year’s Boston walk raised $800,000. “Just to see the Common lit up with illuminated balloons and thousands of people out there walking for the same cause is pretty impressive.”
Most of the money raised goes toward research and biotech labs to help new treatments go to clinical trial, which is extremely expensive, but imperative to help the treatments become available to patients.