Food for Thought program provides tasty discussion 2

Cait Fitzgerald & Ashlyn Curley – 1851 Staff

Lasell’s Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) created Food for Thought, a new program this semester that invites members of the campus to come into the CCBL’s office in Klingbeil House to discuss topics on civility and leadership.Photo By Kristina Kaufmann

 

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.

 

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